Ottawa ACORN Does Everyone’s Taxes (AND Will Help You Register to OESP)!

Posted January 21, 2016

Ottawa ACORN (Ottawa Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) does everyone’s taxes! We officially launch our social enterprise called the Tax Collective. This is an affordable cost recovery program, to help moderate and upper income earners prepare their income taxes. Funds generated are used to support our free income tax clinics for the lowest income families. This is our “feel good” tax filing service - fight poverty and get your taxes done! The Tax Collective is an ethical and affordable alternative to corporate preparers. 
 
We celebrate 8 years of providing one of the largest income tax preparation services in the city. We are continuing this major drive to reduce poverty and build community wealth in low income neighbourhoods. 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, as well as connecting them to other unrealized benefits and services. We run an intensive service from February to May and reduced clinics all year round for late filers. 
 
-2015- we helped over 1800 low income people file their returns
-We do back taxes!
-Volunteers file returns for the community
-We do everyone’s taxes now!
-NEW! We will help low income earners register for the OESP (Ontario Energy Support Program) which is currently under accessed. 
 
All our clinics run 2-3 days a week now until February. From February to April will run 3-5 days a week, and clinics 2-3 days a week after that. Residents can call 613 746 5999 to book an appointment or email ottawatax@acorncanada.org and taxcollective@acorncanada.org. We are located at 404 McArthur, HEARTWOOD HOUSE, second floor (come to reception to be directed up). 
 
To keep all our programs running, we always need help. We are suggesting any donations as part of our annual fundraising drive to reduce costs of our programs. 
 
When referencing ACORN Canada, please capitalize our proper name ACORN Canada or Ottawa ACORN. Our acronym is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Canada. To speak to Ottawa ACORN members in French or English contact Jill - cell 613-808-6523, onacornot@acorncanada.org