Tax season is fast-approaching.
And for some Coquitlam residents, it can be daunting to understand what needs to be completed and what returns they qualify for — especially those on a low income.
The city is set to host a series of free clinics, alongside volunteers trained with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).
In a release, Coquitlam spokesperson Lesley Joyce said this is help support residents 50 years and older receiving any disability pension or with low income.
That's $35,000 a year or less for individuals and $45,000 or less for couples, and "only simple tax returns are accepted," Joyce added.
The CVITP clinics, by appointment only, are set to be held in person this year at Coquitlam's Dogwood and Glen Pine pavilions.
However, Joyce said those facing certain barriers that prevent them from attending can file their 2022 income tax returns by phone.
"Offered in partnership with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), volunteers will pick up all supporting documents and file the Income Tax Return over the phone at no cost to seniors."
Interested residents can sign up at the front desks at the Dogwood and Glen Pine pavilions — located at 1655 Winslow Ave. and 1200 Glen Pine Crt. respectively — to schedule an appointment or call 604-927-4386.
Potential participants will be given a questionnaire to confirm eligibility.