Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

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Target client:

Low to medium income individuals and families

Current Locations:

Throughout Ontario and Quebec

  • in person in Lanark County, or
  • electronic/email/messenger

Income Guidelines:

Family size Total family income is under...
1 person $35,000
2 persons $45,000
3 persons $47,500
4 persons $50,000
5 persons $52,500
More than 5 persons $52,500 plus $2,500 for each additional person


Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, community organizations host free tax clinics where volunteers file tax returns for eligible people. (source:

This service is by appointment: Make an appointment to see a volunteer, and the volunteer will do your tax return during the appointment. You may meet with the volunteer in person or by email/instant messaging communication, depending on your preference.

We will prepare and file your T1 income tax return if:

  • Your income is at or below the income level applicable to your household situation (see Income Guidelines on the left), and
  • Your tax situation is simple.

Simple tax situation

In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from any of these sources:

  • employment
  • pension
  • benefits such as the Canada Pension Plan, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance
  • registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs)
  • support payments
  • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
  • interest (under $1,000)

Your tax situation is not simple if you:

  • are self-employed or have employment expenses
  • have business or rental income and expenses
  • have capital gains or losses
  • filed for bankruptcy in the tax year (or the year before, if that return has not yet been filed)
  • are completing a tax return for a deceased person


Contact a volunteer to complete your tax return