More income tax volunteers are needed

Community Care is gearing up for another season of completing income tax returns for seniors who live in Prince Edward County.

If you are a senior 60+ whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower, you may be eligible for the program. 2020 marks 38 years that Prince Edward Community Care has been involved in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) “Community Volunteer Income Tax Program”.

New Income Tax volunteers are welcome. Community Care volunteers receive training by CRA to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. Volunteers do not complete income tax and benefit returns for: deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses. There is no charge, donations are accepted. Home visits can be arranged for seniors who are shut-in. Income Tax papers will be accepted by Community Care at their office located at 74A King Street in Picton beginning on March 1st and not before. People are asked to bring along all required documents as well as a copy of their 2018 tax return.

The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) provides help for people who struggle to pay their hydro bills. Community Care staff will provide support to low-income seniors age 60 and over who meet the eligibility criteria. An eligible household ($28,000 or less for one or two people) can receive between $30-$50 monthly credit on their hydro bill. Seniors 60+ are invited to contact the staff at Prince Edward Community Care to get answers to questions and help to submit the OESP application. More information can be found at OntarioElectricitySupport.ca. Others who meet the CRA criteria can contact the Prince Edward Learning Centre at 613-476-1811 for assistance with both the OESP and Income Tax preparation.

Lunch and Learn for Seniors – October 30th in Consecon Come on out and enjoy lunch with old and new friends on Wednesday, October 30th at 12 noon. The menu features-homemade soup, baked leg of ham, potatoes, vegetables, carrot cake, bread and butter, and coffee or tea and will be catered by Bill Grieve, the chef with Wheel House and Occasions Catering. The cost is $10.00 per person. The learning portion will feature a presentation in partnership with PEC Fire Department “Plan and Practice your escape”. Only those seniors who have reserved can be served. Reserve your place by the Tuesday prior at 12 noon by calling 613-476-7493. This event is sponsored by Community Care and will be held at the Consecon Legion. Take-out & delivered meals are available.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes