Seniors could be missing out on credits, benefits

Canada Revenue Agency reports some Canadians are entitled to benefits and credits but remain unaware. And some are leaving money on the table by not filing their income tax and benefit return.

CRA wants you to receive the benefits and credits you’re entitled to. Also, CRA uses the information from your tax return to calculate your benefit and credit payments. The only way to find out what you are missing is by filing your income tax return. CRA says that citizens are all entitled to have a basic personal amount that’s adjusted each year. This non-refundable tax credit means that you don’t pay tax on any of your earnings that are equal to or less than this amount. In some cases, you may receive a tax refund when you file an income tax and benefit return, even if you didn’t earn an income at all.

If you owe money this year, you may be able to claim certain non-refundable tax credits. If you are eligible to claim them, non-refundable tax credits lower the taxes that you owe at tax time. For example, you may be able to claim the: Canada caregiver credit; Disability tax credit; Medical expenses tax credit; Home accessibility expenses tax credit; and Home office expenses for employees. If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, volunteers at a free tax clinic may be able to file your return for you.

Community Care offers a free tax clinic for seniors 60+ through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program operated by CRA. Call 613-476-7493 to see if you’re eligible for this free tax help. We do taxes for seniors year round. Find out more at Volunteers needed at Thrift Shop – particularly for Saturdays- Community Care needs volunteers to help in the Thrift Shop at 153 Main Street in Picton. If you have 3 hours per week (10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm) then give Community Care a call. No experience is necessary. A full orientation is offered. There are always experienced volunteers on site. All pandemic safety measures are in place. Anyone wishing to work on the cash desk or to sort and price is welcome.

We sure want to talk to you! Community Care is also looking for volunteers to take seniors to medical appointments (for a fee based upon .50/km). Other volunteer positions are available, too. To start the conversation about becoming a volunteer call 613-476-7493.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes