Host a free tax clinic

COVID-19 update:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, community organizations are hosting free virtual tax clinics. As a host organization, your volunteers can complete and file taxes for free, by videoconference or by phone. If you’re interested in participating in these clinics, please contact your CVITP coordinator.

If you have to make adjustments to your existing clinics, please notify your CVITP coordinator. We want to ensure that the information in the free tax clinic directory is as accurate as possible for Canadians.

Does your organization work with clients who need help with their tax return? By hosting a free tax clinic, you can help people get the benefits and tax credits to which they may be entitled, increase your organization's impact in your community and help improve your clients’ quality of life.

About free tax clinics

A free tax clinic is a place where eligible people can get their tax returns done by volunteers for free. To be eligible, a person must have a modest income and a simple tax situation. The free tax clinics are hosted by community organizations across Canada through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

Organizations that host tax clinics include non-profits, charities, and associations that serve the community. Some organizations offer a full-service tax clinic, meaning they look after volunteers and organize the clinic, while others only provide space. You decide the type and frequency of services you wish to offer.

How the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program works

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is a collaboration between community organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The community organization:

  • hosts the free tax clinics
  • manages resources and volunteers
  • keeps taxpayer information secure and confidential
  • makes sure that all volunteer registrations are approved before they start volunteering and that they provide a police records check, if needed

The CRA:

  • offers guidance and support to organizations
  • provides training for volunteers
  • offers a grant to eligible organizations
  • provides free tax preparation software
  • operates a year-round dedicated help line for volunteers
  • provides promotional material
  • donates used laptops to eligible organizations

CRA electronic services available to CVITP volunteers include EFILE and Auto-fill my return.

How to register your organization

To register your organization to host tax clinics, click on the register my organization button below.

Register my organization

After you complete the registration, a CRA coordinator will contact you to ensure you have all the information you need to host tax clinics.

If your organization is approved to participate in the program, you will be assigned a CVITP Organization Identification Number (COIN) to retain for the duration of your organization’s participation in the program. Refer to: Free tax clinics host’s identification number.

For more information

For more information, contact a CRA coordinator or call 1-800-959-8281.

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