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Tax Filing Help

Not filing your taxes? You could be missing out!

12 February 2021

Not filing your taxes? You could be missing out!

Let’s face it, tax forms are intimidating, complex and require keeping track of receipts, forms and previous filings. Add a low-income to this equation and it’s even more of a challenge. The personal income tax system in Canada has become an important way for the government to deliver income support benefits, like the Canada Child Benefit and GST refunds. By not filing, many individuals and families may be losing out on thousands of dollars in benefits.

$41 million

Benefits paid to Calgarians using tax clinics in 2020

15%

Working-age Albertans don’t file their taxes

3%

Calgarians living in homelessness who received the GST tax credit

Help is Available

For the 2021 tax season, many community organizations are hosting free virtual tax clinics. Volunteers can help eligible people complete and file taxes for free, by videoconference, by phone or through a document drop-off arrangement. Links to these resources along with a few others are provided below:

What you need to file your taxes