Smoky River Family and Community Support Services – In Focus

Lynn Florence

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program will begin in April 2018. This will be for the 2017 tax year. Should you require having your taxes done before, then you can call our office to book an appointment.

Our procedure for the 2018 is as follows:

Starting April 2, 2018 to prepare your 2017 taxes, you can come to our offices in Falher Monday thru Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (the office is closed during the lunch hour) with all of your documents supporting your tax return and our staff or volunteers will work on your taxes and you must remain in the office till they are processed.

If there is information missing your tax return may be delayed in being processed.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations. Smoky River Family and Community Support Services is one of those organizations.

We prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals who have modest income and simple tax situations. The program is specific to the requirements of the returns being processed, please read the following carefully before requesting the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program volunteers to prepare your returns.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE? The maximum allowable following eligible family income levels for the 2017 tax year to be: Individual $30,000 or less, Couple $40,000 or less, One adult one child $35,000 or less and each additional child $2,500, investment income less than $1,000 or less.

We will not complete your tax return if you are above the thresholds.

WE DO NOT PREPARE RETURNS FOR: individuals or families who have self employment income of any kind, farming income, have business or rental income and expenses, have capital gains or losses, have employment expenses, filed for pre- or post-bankruptcy or deceased in the tax year. If you return is not simple we are not able to complete it. If your information has changed from the 2016 tax year and HAS NOT been updated by the Canada Revenue Agency, we cannot complete your return.

Previous years: Should you require previous year returns completed you will need to call the office at (780) 837-2220 to set up a specific appointment.

Previous years’ information will not be accepted for the month of April.

Understanding your rights and responsibilities and the benefits of filing an income tax and benefit return is an important aspect of financial literacy.

Did you know that there could be people in your community who are missing out on important tax credits and benefits that they may be entitled to because they are not filing and income tax and benefit return?

In 2016, country wide, over 2,000 organizations with 16,000 volunteers supported the Community Volunteer Tax Program (CVITP). Together, they filed over 600,000 tax returns for people in their community.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Lynn Florence at (780) 837-2220 or at


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