Tax time can be a pain for anyone, but for those who do not have the skillsets required to file their own tax returns, it can be more of a complication.
Luckily, some of those people are able to get help through Family and Community Support Services Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.
As with all of the projects FCSS supports, FCSS Volunteer and Community Services Coordinator Jan Pocock said this one is important because everyone deserves to be given a fair tax assessment.
“We believe, like always, that everyone person deserves the same opportunities as everybody else whether they need a little extra help or not,” said Pocock.
She added the program can teach those willing to learn how to file tax returns themselves.
The program is targeted to assist individuals in low-income basic tax situations to get the help they need to file a tax return, said Pocock.
Volunteers work with individuals walking them through the process of filing a return.
Only individuals with simple tax situations are eligible for the program.
A simple tax situation means that the individual is not self-employed, does not report capital gains and losses, does not report employment expenses, business expenses, rental income and has never filed for bankruptcy, or has any other such complications to his or her tax claim.
Pocock added that volunteers do not prepare tax returns for deceased persons.
Last year, the Volunteer Income Tax Program assisted 465 people in filing their income tax returns. If you think you may be eligible for the program, contact Lacombe FCSS to book an appointment.