“Paperwork wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for all the paper. And the work.”
— Darynda Jones
The premise is simple.
The Paperwork Project provides a free service to people who are looking for help with paperwork. Our volunteers can help with all types of applications for government assistance, at all levels of government. If you need the forms, we can find them for you. If you aren’t sure what benefits you are eligible for, we can help you figure that out. And then we will help you complete the paperwork, for free, no strings attached.
Our program has been in operation for several years and some of the forms we have helped with are applications for the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Old Age Security, Social Assistance and Pharmacare, to name just a few. Our volunteers have many years of experience in occupations with an emphasis on confidentially and none of your information will be retained or shared in any form.
In addition to applications for government programs, our project is affiliated with the Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Never heard of it? Well you can check it out on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website or you can ask us about it. CVITP is a volunteer program, sponsored by CRA, that offers free income tax preparation for individuals and families that meet the income criteria. If you are an individual with an income below $35,000, or a couple with a combined income below $45,000, you are eligible and can have your tax return prepared, and filed, free of charge. We are, however, not permitted to prepare returns for people who operate a business because of the complexity of these returns. We prepare the returns on the computer and file electronically so your tax return goes directly to the CRA and refunds, when applicable, are received quite promptly.
The software is provided to us by CRA and is designed to maximize any applicable benefits, deductions, etc. CRA provides volunteers with appropriate training and we have access to a dedicated help line specifically for CVITP volunteers. If you missed the tax deadline, we can prepare tax returns any time of year, and in addition to the current tax year, we can prepare three prior year returns.
The Canada Revenue Agency is now offering grant funding to qualifying sponsoring organizations and our church will now receive $5 for every tax return we file through the volunteer program. This funding will be applied towards the cost of our solar panel project.
If you would like more information about our program, or if you think we may be of assistance to you, you can contact the church at 902-532-7954 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Acknowledgement:AcⒸ 2020 St George & St Andrew United Church