About free tax clinics

Introduction to free tax clinics

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a collaborative partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and community organizations, and their volunteers, that has been in place since 1971.

In the province of Québec, the program has operated since 1988, and is referred to as the Income Tax Assistance - Volunteer Program. It is administered jointly by the CRA and Revenu Québec.

Tax clinic volunteers complete tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals to ensure they receive, or continue to receive, the benefit payments to which they are entitled. In Québec, volunteers prepare both the federal and provincial tax return.

For the 2021 tax season, community organizations are hosting free tax clinics. If your organization chooses to host clinics, your volunteers can complete and file taxes for free by videoconference, by phone, in-person (following local public health advice and measures) or by using a drop off and pick up option. If you’re interested in participating as an organization or volunteer, please contact a CRA coordinator.

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