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Free tax clinics provide low income residents with tax refunds and government benefits

05 March, 2020

What income tax clinics are in your community and what impact have you seen?

Community volunteer tax clinics has contributed to reducing poverty and improving economic self-sufficiently across Alberta, FCSS reports. Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a partnership between the Province of Alberta and the participating municipalities of Alberta. Through this partnership, some local FCSS programs have been participating in Canada Revenue Agency's Volunteer Income Tax Program, or have created their own program, to reduce poverty and build economic self-sufficiency within Alberta's communities. Primarily completed through the use of volunteers, this program creates a huge economic return for communities with very little investment.

For more information on free tax clinics that support tax filing among people with a modest income, contact 211 Alberta, Family and Community Support Services or Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Tax clinics can bring money back into the community through the refunds and benefits people receive. People often need a notice of their tax assessment to access other benefits and services available in the community. Providing free income tax support reduces barriers to access to financial well-being services and benefits. More information on reducing the barriers at Prosper Canada.

Here are some of the supports that Whitecourt offers (see information below).

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