Financial Literacy and Justice

PERC: Tax Time? Help is Here

 
Posted March 28, 2014
 
Last year, Ottawa ACORN (Ottawa Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), helped over 801 low-income people file their 2012 tax returns. This project is focused on using free tax preparation to ensure that low-income Canadians receive all the benefits that exist in the tax system. 
 
This is a major drive to help reduce poverty and build community wealth in low-income neighbourhoods. 
 

CFRA 580: Ottawa ACORN Offers Free Tax Clinic

A social justice group that advocates for low income Canadians is offering one of the largest free income tax preparation services in the city.

Ottawa ACORN spokesperson Basmah Osman told CFRA they will help people receive all the benefits they can from their income taxes and connect them to benefits they may not have known about.

This is the fifth year of the program. People who make less than $30,001 per year can book an appointment between February 27th and May 11th.

Last year they helped more than 780 people file their income taxes.

Free Income Tax Site Grows Once Again

Our New 2nd floor office in Metro Vancouver has been busy ever since we moved in in early February of this year. That is because, for the 5th year straight, ACORN Canada’s Free Income Tax Site has been busy doing hundreds of tax returns for members and people in our communities. So far, this year we have done more than 800 tax returns which is an increase of over 30% over our 2010 tax site.

In the 5 years ACORN Canada has done Free Income Taxes in Metro Vancouver we have returned over 6 Million Dollars in tax returns, rebates, and benefits! Add to this that we have saved people $400,000 in tax preparation costs and it is clear that ACORN Canada is a major stimulus to the neighbourhoods where we work!

But that is just the beginning. Our free income tax site gives our members a great opportunity to share their campaigns with people who come to get their taxes done. Our new campaign for Remittance Justice is becoming a very popular topic of serious discussion in the office. Many new people coming in to get their taxes done feel the pain of the exorbitant costs of sending money transfers back to their families and friends. And better still, they are getting involved with ACORN Canada’s campaign for regulatory changes to the Money Transfer Industry.

Regulations that will hold banks and companies like Western Union to account for the predatory business practices here in BC.

We like doing your taxes and if you know anyone who has a simple tax return in need of filing just call 604 5221

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