Saskatoon Meals Financial institution offers free tax companies

Usually people use the blackboard in Saskatoon to pick up things. But this time of year it’s all about returns.

For more than 30 years, the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Center has been helping people file their taxes with their Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

The program is a joint initiative with the Canada Revenue Agency and is aimed at people with modest incomes and simple tax solutions. More than 40 volunteers help around 1,000 people every year and inform them about their finances.

“It’s fantastic for people, they get money right in their pockets and they are also entitled to things they may not have known they were entitled to,” said Deyne Borgia-Ellis, program coordinator. “A lot of people get their Canadian Child Allowance, Saskatchewan Low Income Tax Credit, and then we have people who are eligible for social benefits.”

In 2016, more than 6,300 tax returns were filed, grossing more than $ 16 million for the community.

The CVITP is funded by Affinity Credit Union and the Community Initiatives Fund.

The tax service is available through May 12th at 919 20th Street West. The service is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

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