Get some help in taxing times

Nakusp and area residents who need help their tax package are reminded that the local Community Volunteer Income Tax team is there to help.

Arriving at the unofficial halfway point referring to the annual income tax return April 30 deadline, Nakusp and area residents who wish free and confidential assistance in completing and filing their tax package are reminded that the local Community Volunteer Income Tax team is there to help.

Now in its ninth year of service to Nakusp and area, residents wishing to participate are reminded that their return must be non-complex (no business returns will be handled) and applicants must fall into the income ceiling set by Canada Revenue as follows: single persons’ income must not exceed $25,000; couples, $35,000 or families, $35,000 plus $2,000 per child.

According to Gord Starchuk, the CVITP Canada Revenue staff coordinator, just over 30 training clinics including our own were held in communities throughout the Southern Interior earlier in the year. The Nakusp and area team consists of five individuals plus a volunteer coordinator whose job is to ensure that a suitable venue is established to facilitate the February workshop on behalf of the Canada Revenue trainer and local volunteers. With this in mind, Starchuk has issued a letter of appreciation extended to Robertson United Church for its generous support in providing complimentary meeting space each year, as well as to the local CVITP team members.

The trained volunteers are commended for their efforts, says Starchuk, “for by providing this service, eligible  individuals gain access to benefits and financial assistance, as well as meeting their tax obligations where applicable.”

Return packages may be dropped off for completion or collection each Wednesday during the month of April, at the Nakusp Seniors’ Centre between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. Alternatively, for referral to one of the currently available preparers and to set up an appointment for assistance, call Marilyn at 265-0075.