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.