DABC’s Tax AID program is seeking Volunteer Tax Preparers

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 several volunteers who are passionate about community work to join our Tax AID program, year-round. Volunteers will work one-on-one to assist people with disabilities with their income taxes, with supervision of the Senior Tax Advocate. Volunteers will work remotely and will be able to set their own schedule.  

Skills and Assets 

Successful Volunteers must have: 

  • 1-2 years of experience with client tax filling  
  • Good computer and technology skills; (Microsoft Office Suite, experience working with UFile is an asset) 
  • Excellent attention to detail 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills  
  • A strong desire to help and serve our community of people with disabilities 
  • An ability to maintain strict confidentiality 

Successful Volunteers must also be able to: 

  • Pass a Criminal Record Check 
  • Obtain an EFILE number (personal tax filings are current; no outstanding tax debt; not in bankruptcy) 

Duties 

  • Complete income tax returns in accordance with Revenue Canada guidelines 
  • Report questions or concerns to the Income Tax Clinic supervisor 

Benefits of Volunteering 

  • Help individuals get or maintain uninterrupted access to benefits and credits 
  • Give back to the community 
  • Increase personal tax knowledge 
  • Gain new skills and improve existing ones 
  • Receive training, support, and reference materials including free tax software 

Training and Orientation 

  • Orientation to Tax AID DABC programs, policies, and procedures 
  • Canada Revenue Agency online webinars 
  • Virtual supervision by Income Tax Clinic supervisor 

Application Deadline: rolling application until all spots are filled 

If you are interested in applying, please submit a resume to Cynthia Minh, Director, Tax AID,  cynthia@disabilityalliancebc.org (Please indicate “Volunteer Tax Preparer” in the email subject line).  

Free webinar: Irregular Income

Image of an office, the Tax AID DABC and Credit Counselling Society logos, and text that reads "Free Webinar: Irregular Income. June 14th, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

If you’re self-employed, your tax filing deadline is June 15, 2022.

On Tuesday, June 14th, join us for a webinar with Credit Counselling Society to learn how to manage hourly, seasonal, commission, contract and/or self-employed income.

Where: Zoom
When: Tuesday, June 14th from 11:30 am -12:30 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.

Workshop: Tax Tips for the Self-Employed Person with Disabilities

Are you a self-employed person with a disability who would like to know more about tax tips, including GST? Get free tax help for your small business!

With support from Canada Revenue Agency’s Liaison Officer Services Team, Disability Alliance BC’s Tax AID team is offering an exciting workshop!

Lunch will be provided free.

For more information, and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tax-tips-for-the-self-employed-person-with-disabilities-registration-56063493418