Host a free tax clinic

COVID-19 update:

For the 2022 tax season, some community organizations are hosting free virtual tax clinics. As a host organization, your volunteers can complete and file taxes for free, by videoconference, by phone or through a drop-off clinic.

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

About free tax clinics

At free tax clinics, 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. 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 community associations. Some organizations offer a full-service tax clinic. They look after volunteers and organize the clinic, while others only provide space. Your organization decides the type and frequency of services you wish to offer.

How the program works

The CVITP is a collaboration between community organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The community organization:

The CRA:

CVITP volunteers get access to the CRA’s EFILE and Auto-fill my return software.

How to register your organization

Your organization must register with the CVITP to participate in the program. After you complete the registration, a CRA coordinator will contact you to ensure you have all the information you need to host tax clinics.

Register my organization

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.

For more information

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

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