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Grant for hosting free tax clinics

Questions and answers about CVITP Grant

What if my organization’s reported number of returns filed does not match the CRA’s count?

Please keep a record of the number of federal income tax returns submitted electronically by your volunteers. Funding amounts are based on the number of returns filed. This number will be verified through your CVITP Organization Identification Number (COIN).

Your organization should make every effort to report the number of returns filed by your volunteers as accurately as possible in your grant application. Some variance in the number of returns reported by organizations and those counted through the COIN is expected. Discrepancies will only be questioned if the variance is significant.

Why do I need to track the number of returns filed? Isn’t that what the CVITP Organization Identification Number (COIN) is for?

The COIN is unable to track all returns submitted by your organization. The COIN is only able to count returns filed from 2020 forward. It is important for your organization to accurately track the total number of returns submitted during the eligible activity period and report that total in your grant application.

Will paper returns be counted by the CVITP Organization Identification Number (COIN)?

The COIN cannot count tax returns prepared by hand using paper forms.

The COIN will count income tax returns that have been prepared using the CVITP-provided tax preparation software through either of the following methods:

  1. electronically filed via EFILE
  2. printed off with the QR code included on the first page and then mailed in
Will the CVITP Organization Identification Number (COIN) count prior year returns?

The COIN will count 2020 tax returns and each year going forward. If your organization has filed tax returns for any years prior to 2020, include the number in the total number of tax returns filed reported on your grant application.

How can my organization spend the grant funding?

CVITP Grant funding can be used to help offset the costs associated with hosting a free tax clinic.

Can I save and complete my online grant application at a later time?

No. If you leave the online application page, you will not be able to return to it at a later date to continue. You will have to start over.

All applicants will receive a copy of their completed application via email once it has been submitted. Organizations should keep a copy of the completed grant application for their records.

If your organization needs to resubmit the application to correct an error in your original grant submission, you will need to fill out the online application again. The CRA will use the date of your most recent submission as the official date of receipt. Some exceptions may apply.

What is the eligible activity period?
  • The eligible activity period for the 2021 CVITP Grant is from the first day of filing in February 2021 to May 31, 2021.
  • The eligible activity period for the 2022 CVITP Grant is from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.
  • The eligible activity period for the 2023 CVITP Grant is from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023.
  • The eligible activity period for the 2024 CVITP Grant is from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024.
When will the grant funding be paid?

Once a funding amount has been determined, a grant funding agreement will be sent to your organization. Once a signed grant funding agreement is returned to the CRA, the process of paying the funds will begin. Organizations should expect to receive funding via direct deposit between 6 to 8 weeks from receipt of your completed funding agreement.

The grant requires a minimum of two people per organization. Do both individuals need to be registered volunteers?

All volunteers must be registered with the CVITP or ITAVP in Quebec. At least one volunteer needs to be registered in order to file tax returns. Additionally, at least two people must be associated with every organization – at minimum one volunteer and at least one other contact person. An organization, for the purposes of the grant, cannot be a single individual. It is suggested to list two people under the organization’s contact information as primary and secondary contacts during the organization’s program registration.

Will I be able to make changes to my CVITP Grant application after I submit it?

No, you cannot make changes to your CVITP Grant application after you submit it.

However, you can re-apply for the grant if you want to provide new or updated information. You can only re-apply within the grant application period of May 1 to June 30.

To re-apply, go to how to apply and proceed as directed. Re-submitting your application will override any data from your previous application. You can re-apply as many times as you wish.

The CRA will take into consideration the date of the original grant application. It is not possible to re-apply for the CVITP Grant after the grant application period has ended.

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