Free webinar: Irregular Income

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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

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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.

Tax AID DABC: workshops/tax filing services in partnership with VPL

In partnership with Vancouver Public Library (VPL), Tax AID DABC is hosting workshops/tax filing sessions for people with disabilities:

Tax Filing and Tips for People with Disabilities
Monday, February 11, 2019 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)
Central Library: 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver 

This information session explores income tax issues faced by people with disabilities: simple income tax filing issues, common tax filing credits, options for dealing with tax debt, strategies for communicating with Canada Revenue Agency, the benefits of filing, and other programs that can be accessed through income tax filing.

Link: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5c33c42639612f3e0071814f

One-to-One Tax Filing Services for People Receiving Disability Benefits
Saturday, March 9, 2019 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Carnegie Branch (VPL): 401 Main St, Vancouver

Income tax consultations and on-site service for people with disabilities receiving disability benefits, and their families. Through this one-to-one service, receive consultation on your outstanding taxes, discuss options for dealing with tax debt, and learn strategies for communicating with Canada Revenue Agency. 

Link: https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/5c33c51848fd702a0098f042 

Thank you to the VPL for their support.

Tackling Taxes – Make Sure You Get the Benefits You’re Entitled To!

As of February 26, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency has opened up online filing of personal income tax returns for the 2017 tax year. There are lots of reasons to file your taxes, even if you have a low income.  Keeping up-to-date on your tax returns gives you access to benefits and services such as:

  • GST Credits and the BC Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit;
  • Child Tax Benefits
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan Grants and Bonds, and;
  • Other income tested programs including subsidized housing and MSP Premium Assistance coverage.

There are several great free tax filing options available if you have a simple tax situation.  Many communities in BC have free tax clinics.  The CRA keeps a list of volunteer tax filing clinics on its website at:
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/bc-eng.html.

Do you cringe at the thought of preparing your tax return?  If so, Tax Aid DABC may be able to help!  We can file up to 10 years of simple tax returns for people who receive provincial disability benefits (PWD or PPMB), no matter where in BC they live.  We can also provide information about and assistance accessing the Disability Tax Credit for anyone in BC who would be eligible to open the Registered Disability Savings Plan if they are approved for the Disability Tax Credit.

Are you comfortable using a computer? If so, you can prepare and file your tax return yourself using one of the multiple income tax preparation programs available.  One option we like is Simple Tax (https://simpletax.ca/) a by-donation service that you can access through an internet browser. We’ve produced a handy help sheet in several languages about how to file your return using this program.  You can find it on our website: www.disabilityalliancebc.org.

We’re here to help you access the tax benefits you are entitled to.  If you or someone you know receives PWD or PPMB benefits and needs help catching up on filing their income taxes, contact Tax AID DABC at: taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org or call (604) 872-1278 or toll free at: 1-800-663-1278.

New Tax AID DABC publications

Thanks to funding from The Vancouver Foundation and assistance from MOSAIC, we have translated Help Sheet #16: Guide to Filing Income Taxes for People Receiving PWD/PPMB and our Tax AID DABC brochure into five different languages.

The languages are:

  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

You can download them on our Online Resources page, or contact Val at 604-875-0188 or feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org if you would like copies mailed to you.