MANY LOW-INCOME CANADIANS are missing out on benefits because they don’t file tax returns.
While most Canadians — including me — think of what they owe at tax time, low-income Canadians should be thinking about what they could receive. They pay virtually nothing in taxes and receive the greatest household income in terms of benefits from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
So, why wouldn’t low-income Canadians file returns? The reasons vary but when you don’t have much money, you can’t afford to pay for someone to prepare your taxes or to pay for a program like TurboTax that helps navigate the torturous forms.
And this year could mean even fewer low-income Kamloopsians file returns because the volunteers who usually help out with taxes are physically isolating themselves. That’s certainly the case for the society I belong to, CSI Kamloops. In normal times, we help hundreds of people prepare returns at our Northills Shopping Centre location.
David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.