Need a hand to prepare your tax return? We invite you to the place known for their helping hand: United Way. In 1972, designer Saul Bass created the iconic United Way logo, depicting the helping hand cradling mankind and surrounded by a rainbow symbolizing hope. This forms the guiding principles for all United Ways. The partnership between United Way and the SaskTel Pioneers and their Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is one way we live our mission to ensure people needing help get the assistance they need. Together, the SaskTel Pioneers CVITP hosted at United Way helps a lot of people. Over 4,900 to be exact. Last year alone the clinic completed over 4,280 returns in two months, March 1 – April 30. The addition of their Late Filer’s Clinic brings the grand total to over 4,900 returns. The largest number of returns completed in the same time period by a volunteer tax clinic as indicated by Rod Peel, Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Regional CVITP Coordinator at the time of last year’s wrap-up event.
Benefits of Filing
Income Tax Returns are actually called “Income Tax and Benefits Returns” by (CRA). Many assistance programs use the filed returns as proof of eligible income for their programs. People with Lower to Modest Incomes, those served by the CVITP, get the most financial benefits from filing their income returns. The benefits of filing taxes for people with Lower to Modest Incomes brings millions of dollars into the hands of the people, in our community, who need it most. Darrell Liebrecht, Provincial Director of the SaskTel Pioneers articulates how filing tax returns also results in millions of dollars being invested back in our local economy helping foster a stronger community for all of us. For more on benefits we invite you to view this video: https://youtu.be/npC17nNWgfk
Who and How it Helps
A few examples:
For seniors, if your filed income is less than certain levels, you can apply for the monthly Guaranteed Income Supplement. To continue to get the GIS, you must file each year to continue your benefits.
For parents and guardians, based on your families filed incomes, you can continue to receive monthly Canada Child Benefits.
For all people, filing prior to April 30 saves you an immediate 5% penalty on the amount of any taxes owed to CRA.
How to Access Services
Visit www.sk.211.ca for help finding the service nearest you.
In Regina, you can access the SaskTel Pioneers CVITP hosted at:
United Way Regina
1440 Scarth Street
Take Bus Route 4 to Stop # 1365 (Dewdney and Scarth)
March 1, 2018 – April 1, 2018
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
No appointments, walk-in only – please register upon arrival.
Remember: Bring all of your income and deduction information with you.
Who is eligible:
Individuals who are unable to prepare their income tax return on their own, have low to modest incomes and a simple tax situation.
For CVITP specific information contact:
306-751-4750 Ext 774