March is tax time at Community Care for Seniors

Forty years is a long time to be offering a program.

]2022 marks 40 years that Prince Edward Community Care has been involved in the Canada Revenue Agency “Community Volunteer Income Tax Program”. Community Care volunteers are ready for yet 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 are able to take on any and all returns for eligible seniors. Volunteers have been fully screened and then trained by Canada Revenue Agency to complete Income Tax Returns for eligible clients. 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. We’re offering a physically distant service again this year.

The first step is for seniors to call the office and discuss eligibility with staff. Then we’ll explain the procedures in place. We were quite successful last year in managing this with different procedures. 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.

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. Seniors 60+ can call Community Care at 613-476-7493 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