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Ottawa, May 12 (Canadian-Media): Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced May 12 that virtual tax clinics would be held on an interim basis to help those that rely on this service while still following physical distancing guidelines due to COVID-19 pandemic, media reports said.
Diane Lebouthillier. Image credit: Twitter handle
Owing to the closure of many free tax clinics caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of these free virtual tax clinics, with new flexibility to receive and authenticate documents, have community volunteers to file taxes for eligible people.
This service will be offered by local organizations, in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and the joint CRA and Revenu Québec Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program.
The tax filing season has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020 due to Canadians facing hardship as a result of COVID-19.
Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 1, 2020.
CRA is working with partner organizations to make sure these virtual clinics are safe and secure and that private information is protected.
Volunteer tax programs help people with low and modest incomes and a simple tax situation. who are looking for support during tax season. Trained volunteers prepare income tax and benefit returns free of charge.
During the 2018-2019 year CVITP program alone with more than 19,000 volunteers and 3,500 community organizations filed over 835,200 tax returns for individuals across Canada, and helped over 741,400 individuals.