For many Calgary families, completing annual taxes can not only be a hassle, but expensive. There are many options out there for low-income families or families that do not have the extra money in their budget to pay someone to complete it for them.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made it possible for everyone to file their taxes online for free through their secure website. Tax returns must first be completed using CRA-certified tax preparation software or a Web application. You can view the several options available here: www.netfile.gc.ca/software.
In order to file online all of your information must be up to date. If not, the Netfile process will not work for you and you will need to either change your information beforehand, or file manually. If you want to view information online about filing your return you can visit: Get Ready.
Another option for low-income families is the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). It helps eligible (low to modest income earning) taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their own income tax returns and have a simple tax situation. The CVITP is a collaborative effort between the CRA and community organizations that host tax preparation clinics. Each year volunteers help over half a million Canadians file their tax returns.
If you start making the effort early to get your receipts and forms in order, you will not be rushed at the end of April to meet the deadlines for filing. Be sure to watch your local newspaper for a tax preparation clinic near you.