Low-income families may be qualified for tax refunds and benefits such as the HST credit, but to receive such benefits, they need to provide the correct identification and documents and possess the know-how and ability to file income tax returns. This year, Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) again teamed up with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario), Welcome Centre Markham South (MSWC) and The Investors Group to help break the tax filing barriers for low-income families.
With extensive coordination and seamless teamwork, we organized a total of 19 income tax clinic sessions in March and successfully helped 898 newcomers and low-income clients – a new record – to file their 2018 income tax returns. In addition, a one-on-one Income Tax Consultation Session was conducted to benefit clients who did not meet the eligibility criteria of the income tax clinics and yet needed help and advice on how to file their tax returns.
MP Jean Yip also paid a visit to one of our Tax Clinics at CICS LINC Centre and highly praised the valuable partnership between CICS and CPA Ontario, which is a major factor in the success of the tax clinic series. We look forward to refining our collaboration with CPA Ontario so that our target clients will receive more efficient and effective services at our tax clinics.