Volunteer Income Tax Program

Need a hand to prepare your tax return? If you do not know how to prepare your income tax and benefit return, we may be able to help you. Each year community organizations and volunteers help over half a million Canadians file their tax returns. Community organization volunteers prepare returns for eligible taxpayers who have low to modest income and a simple tax situation.

Brandon Seniors for Seniors in conjunction with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) provides a free income tax service to individuals and couples who have lower incomes. The objective of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is to help eligible taxpayers who do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit returns, and who have low to modest income and a simple tax situation.

The CVITP is a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations who host tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare the returns. The CRA offers training for volunteers, as well as coordinators to guide community organizations as they deliver the program.

Are you eligible for help?
To find out if you are eligible for help, use the income levels shown in the table called “Maximum income levels”. For each additional dependant you have, add $2,500 to the family income. You should not have interest income of more than $1,000.

Maximum income levels
Taxpayer status Family income
Single person up to $30,000
Couple up to $40,000
One adult with one child up to $35,000
Community organizations have the flexibility to adjust or set eligibility criteria for tax filers based on the local economic environment, the population they serve, and their own capacity.

Eligible taxpayers normally served by the CVITP may include:

aboriginal peoples;
social assistance recipients;
newcomers to Canada;
seniors; and
Volunteers do not prepare complex returns, such as returns for individuals who:

have self-employment income;
have business or rental income and expenses;
have capital gains or losses;
have employment expenses;
file for bankruptcy; or
deceased in the year.
Volunteer tax preparation clinics are generally offered between February and April each year in various locations across Canada, but some operate year round.