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Free webinar: Irregular Income

Image of an office scene, the Tax AID DABC and Credit Counselling Society logos, and text that reads "Free Webinar: Irregular Income. May 26th, 2022. 12 PM - 1 PM.

Join our Tax AID team and the Credit Counselling Society for a free webinar: Irregular Income!

Participants will learn how to manage irregular income. Intended for hourly, seasonal, commission, contract and/or self-employed individuals.

Where: Zoom
When: Thursday, May 26th from 12pm -1 pm

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AyXH6cmWSKGohKnpRF6LbQ

Free info session: Tax Tips for People with Disabilities and their Families

Tax tips event poster featuring the text in the post and at the registration link, and an image of two people sitting at a desk in front of a computer. One person is writing on a pad of paper.

DABC has partnered with Vancouver Public Library to bring you a free information session: Tax Tips for People with Disabilities and their Families.

When: Friday, February 25th from 1-3 pm.

Where: Zoom

Register here: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/61fafa0fbcb4e9e90a654303.

In this information session, learn more about disability benefits and filing your taxes.

Specific topics covered include: non-refundable and refundable tax credits, disability tax credit, medical expenses, Canada Caregiver Credit, child disability benefit, amending your taxes and tax relief.

Notice To All Tax Clients!

The CRA E-file service will be conducting its annual shutdown and maintenance period. 

Starting on:  Friday, January 28, 2022 – Monday February 21st 2022

At this time the DABC Tax AID program will be able to assist clients on a limited capacity with tax filings for previous years (paper filings) as well as tax consultations. The current standard processing time for the CRA to process a paper filing is 8-12 weeks.

Please note that during this time we will only be able to assist clients that have the slips needed to complete their filing as our Autofill service will be down during this period as well.

We appreciate our client’s patience and understanding during this time and look forward to assisting you with your upcoming 2021 tax filings!

We’re hiring a tax advocate!

Position: Tax Advocate for DABC

Open: December 16, 2021

Closes: January 3, 2021

Location: Vancouver, BC 

Job Type: Permanent, part-time (3days/week)

Salary: $25,200 annually 

Benefits: 

  • Extended Health Care 
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Paid sick leave

Report to: Director, Tax AID

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research, and publications.

Our mission: to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence, and as equal and full participants in the community.

Program Description

Tax AID DABC partners with the Together Against Poverty Society, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, and the Active Support Against Poverty Society, to provide free support to people with disabilities across BC to file their taxes. 

Job Description

DABC is seeking an advocate who is passionate about disability issues and community work to join our Tax AID program. Under the supervision of the Tax AID Director, the Advocate/Program Coordinator will work one-on-one to assist people with disabilities with their income taxes and raise awareness about the program through strategic partnership and community outreach. The successful candidate will have other administrative responsibilities related to the program’s operations including developing and conducting workshops, assisting with program reports, and participating in team meetings and training on an as needed basis. 

Experience with income tax filing is a strong asset to the position, but all candidates who believe in the values and mandate of DABC are encouraged to apply.  

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare and file accurate tax returns for current and previous years in compliance with CRA standards
  • Liaise with clients and the CRA on specific issues related personal taxes 
  • Manage multiple client files simultaneously
  • Report any questions or concerns to the Director 
  • Compile and organize client records
  • Attend trainings to further develop accounting taxation knowledge as part of an ongoing professional development program

A successful applicant must:

  • Be able to work effectively with people with disabilities
  • Possess a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience
  • Meet the requirements to be a tax filer through CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (CVITP) program
  • Be self-motivated and adaptable and able to work effectively with a team
  • Be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational skills 
  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Understand the importance of preserving the confidentiality of sensitive client information
  • Be computer literate and proficient with word-processing software, including the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Be comfortable working in the office and remotely
  • Be available for occasional travel to communities across Lower Mainland

The following are not required but would be assets to the position:

  • Have more than 2 years of proven experience for clients using income tax preparation software (e.g., UFile) to prepare income tax returns 
  • Knowledge of tax law
  • Volunteer or coordination experience with the Canadian Revenue Agency’s CVITP Program
  • Working knowledge of income tax programs for people with disabilities including the Disability Tax Credit, Canada caregiver amount and other deductions
  • Completion of an accounting or tax certificate or diploma/degree
  • DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

This role includes extended health care benefits after a 3-month probation, 3 weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.

To apply, please submit a resume and brief cover letter addressed to Cynthia Minh (Director, Tax AID & Access RDSP) cynthia@disabilityalliancebc.org using the subject heading “Job Application: Tax AID Advocate/Program Coordinator”. No phone calls or faxes please. 

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 3, 2021. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

100% of DABC’s staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Many of the clients that DABC serves have medical conditions which make them vulnerable and more susceptible to severe symptoms of COVID-19, and so it is vital that DABC strives to protect our clients from risk of transmission. It is DABC’s policy to request that all new contractors and employees be fully vaccinated and therefore the successful applicant for this position will be asked for proof of vaccination upon hiring.  

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Workshop: Fuel Tax Refund Program for persons with disabilities!

Workshop poster. Background is light blue, and features a cartoon drawing of the front half of a car. Black text reads: "Free webinar: Fuel Tax Refund Program for People with Disabilities. Thursday, November 18th, 11:00-12:30 pm (all welcome). For more information: taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org
236-477-1717."

The Tax AID program at DABC will be offering a workshop on the Fuel Tax Refund Program for people with disabilities who own a vehicle and/or are interested in finding out more information about the program.  

Date of Webinar: Thu, Nov 18, 11:00am-12:30 pm (all welcome) 

If you’re eligible for the Fuel Tax Refund Program, you may receive:

  • a fuel tax refund of up to $500 each calendar year for a qualifying vehicle registered in the program, and
  • a 25% discount off your ICBC basic Autoplan insurance (including electric vehicles)

At the workshop, we will provide an overview of the program, including eligibility, the registration process and how to claim your benefits once registered.  

We will also cover the ICBC vehicle insurance discount and Federal excise gasoline tax refund program.  

More information about the program: 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/sales-taxes/motor-fuel-carbon-tax/refund-disabilities

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/taxes/sales-taxes/publications/mft-004-fuel-tax-refund-persons-with-disabilities.pdf

To Register: please go to the registration page:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kGATCi9dT6e-RkCg67KAgA

For more information, please contact our Tax AID program at taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org or 236-477-1717.

DABC receives continued funding for Tax AID program

Disability Alliance BC is thankful to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction for committing to another three years in funding for our Tax AID program! This program provides free community-based income tax filing services for people with disabilities throughout British Columbia.

Read the news release here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021SDPR0024-000643

From the news release:

Susan and Richard, a couple helped by Tax Aid –

“Having gotten our many tax returns up to date is a huge burden off our shoulders, and we could not have done this without you. Your patience with us and your kind-hearted willingness to go way above and beyond is appreciated more than you can imagine.”

CERB repayment forgiveness for self-employed Canadians

Earlier this week, the Government of Canada announced that “self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements.”

For more information:

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2021/02/government-of-canada-announces-targeted-interest-relief-on-2020-income-tax-debt-for-low–and-middle-income-canadians.html

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/ineligible-self-employed-canadians-who-received-cerb-due-to-unclear-information-likely-wont-be-forced-to-repay

Important Notice: EFILE Interruption

Please be advised that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is conducting annual maintenance of its systems. As a result, our Tax AID team is temporarily unable to submit your tax file electronically. Electronic transmission services will re-open on Monday, February 22, 2021. 

More info: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-businesses/efile-electronic-filers/efile-news-program-updates.html

During the waiting time, we can prepare your tax return on paper in a limited capacity. However, processing times will be 6-8 weeks, while processing times for electronic filings are closer to 1-2 weeks.   

Save Your Spot! 

If you would like to reserve your spot for helping filing your income taxes (including 2020) in advance, please go to our tax booking system: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/direct-service/file-income-taxes/tax-appoint.

Thank you for your understanding. 

DABC is hiring a temporary tax advocate!

Application deadline: 12:00 pm, February 3rd, 2021.

We are seeking a part-time tax advocate (contractor) to join our team. The successful candidate will conduct client intake for Tax AID DABC, prepare and submit income taxes for clients, and assist with increasing community awareness of the program across BC. The advocate will also work on other aspects of the program’s operations as needed including conducting workshops, assisting with program reports, and participating in team meetings/training.

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/career/.