Community Care’s Income Tax volunteers ready

Community Care volunteers are ready for another season of completing income tax returns for seniors who live in Prince Edward County.

This is a free program for seniors 60+ who meet the eligibility criteria of Canada Revenue Agency. We have assembled a full team of volunteers for this tax season and we’ll be able to take on any and all returns for eligible seniors 60+.

If you are a senior 60+ whose single income is $35,000 or lower or a couple whose household income is $45,000 or lower, you may be eligible for help through this program. Volunteers have been trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. We’re offering a physically distant service this year due to the pandemic. The first step is for seniors to call the office and discuss eligibility with staff. Then we’ll explain the procedures now in place due to the pandemic. We were quite successful last year in managing this with the new procedures so this year it will be easy!

2021 marks 39 years that Prince Edward Community Care has been involved in the Canada Revenue Agency “Community Volunteer Income Tax Program”. 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.

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 person or $39,000 or less for two people) can receive between $35-$75 monthly credit on their hydro bill. There are exceptions to this in special circumstances so call the Community Care office at 613-476-7493 for more information. Seniors 60+ are invited to contact the staff at Community Care – an OESP agency – to get answers to questions and help to submit the OESP application or to submit a renewal for OESP. If you received renewal forms in the mail, a signature from an OESP agency is required.

With pandemic practices in place there are ways around this. Seniors 60+ can call Community Care for more information.

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.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes