Free help with your taxes – Life can be complicated, but doing your taxes shouldn’t be. Whether this is your first time or your circumstances have recently changed, there is information and free help available to put your mind at ease. Here is what you need to know for filing this year.
Not sure if you need to do your taxes? Even if you didn’t have any income for 2017 or your income is tax exempt, you should still file a tax return. Doing your taxes gives you access to important benefit and credit payments, like the GST/HST credit, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Canada Child Benefit and any related provincial or territorial payments.
How do you complete your return? Most people choose to go online since it’s fast, easy and secure, and often means you’ll get your refund sooner. There is even free tax software available that does most of the hard work for you.
Need help doing your taxes? If you have modest income and a simple tax situation, volunteers from the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help for free. There are free tax preparation clinics all over Canada. If you live in Quebec, you can get help through the Volunteer Program, offered in partnership with Revenu Québec.
What if you don’t have a permanent address? If you don’t have a permanent address and you are staying with a friend, family member or at a shelter, you can use that address when you fill out your tax return and have your payments mailed there. You can also sign up for direct deposit so that you get your tax refund and benefit payments deposited directly into your bank account.
What if you don’t have access to a bank account? If you don’t have access to a bank account, you can choose to have your benefit payments mailed to you. Make sure you keep your address up-to-date so that you continue to receive your payments on time. To change your address, visit the CRA website.
Find more information online at canada.ca/taxes-get-ready.