Get your taxes done at a free tax clinic
If you’re planning to go to a free tax clinic, please check our directory and call the clinic before you go. Some clinics may have had to close or change their hours due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 or to mandatory closure ordered by authorities.
Tax filing season has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020. We hope this will give community organizations that have had to cancel their clinics the opportunity to reschedule before the June 1 filing deadline.
We understand that this service is important to you and we apologize for any inconvenience. To learn more about other ways to file your taxes, go to Doing your taxes.
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- About free tax clinics
- Find out if you are eligible for free tax clinics
- Find a free tax clinic near you
Do you need help with your tax return? You might be able to get your tax return done for free by volunteers at a free tax clinic.
About free tax clinics
A free tax clinic is a place where eligible people can get their tax returns done for free. These clinics are hosted by community organizations across Canada through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. There are different types of free tax clinics.
Walk-in: Show up during advertised hours and a volunteer will do your tax return for you on a first-come, first-served basis.
By appointment: Make an appointment to see a volunteer, and the volunteer will do your tax return during the appointment.
Drop-off and pick-up: Show up during advertised hours and drop off your documents. A volunteer will do your return, and you pick it up at a later time. You will have to prove your identity when you pick up your return and documents.
You may be eligible for help at a free tax clinic if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.
In general, a modest income means your total family income is less than the amount shown in the chart below, based on the size of your family. Check with your local community organization, as they may set different amounts.
|Family size||Total family income is under...|
|More than 5 persons||$52,500 plus $2,500 for each additional person|
Simple tax situation
In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from any of these sources:
- benefits such as the Canada Pension Plan, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance
- registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs)
- support payments
- scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
- interest (under $1,000)
Your tax situation is not simple if you:
- are self-employed or have employment expenses
- have business or rental income and expenses
- have capital gains or losses
- filed for bankruptcy in the tax year (or the year before, if that return has not yet been filed)
- are completing a tax return for a deceased person
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