Volunteer Opportunities


Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. Our mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. DABC is looking for passionate and dedicated volunteers to support our Tax AID program during the peak tax season for people who are receiving disability benefits.

Schedule & Commitment

  • February 25 – May 3, 2019 (10 weeks: M-F)
  • Minimum commitment: 3 hours/week (9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) One-time or multiple shifts available
  • Location: Disability Alliance BC (#204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver)

Qualifications

  • Good computer and technology skills; 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
  • Register with Disability Alliance BC as a volunteer
  • Pass Criminal Record Check
  • Be able to obtain an Efile number (personal tax filings are current; no outstanding tax debt; not in bankruptcy)
  • Some familiarity with filing personal income tax returns (T1 returns)
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Skills

  • Understand the challenges experienced by low-income individuals with disabilities
  • Be friendly, reliable, responsible, non-judgmental and non-discriminating
  • Be flexible and willing to learn

Duties

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

Benefit of Volunteering

  • Help individuals get or maintain uninterrupted access to benefits and credits;
  • Giveback 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

  • Orientationto Tax AID DABC programs, policies, and procedures 
  • Canada Revenue Agency online webinars
  • Canada Revenue Agency Vancouver Region on-site Training on disability tax tops
  • On-site supervision (First two weeks) and support provided by Income Tax Clinic supervisor

Volunteer Screening Process

  • Volunteer Application (or resume)
  • Interview
  • Police record check
  • Register with CVITP
  • Obtainan EFILE number through CRA

Application Deadline: January 18, 2019 (Persons with disabilities encouraged to apply)

Contact:

MyungLee, Tax AID Program Manager

DisabilityAlliance BC

myung@disabilityalliancebc.org

Ph: 604-875-0188 (ext. 121)