Rimbey FCSS

Rimbey FCSS

Rimbey FCSS offers tax help for Rimbey residents

This year individuals living in the Town of Rimbey or the west half of Ponoka can access help from Rimbey FCSS to complete their tax returns.

The Income Tax Program is set up by the Volunteer Income Tax Program through Canada Revenue Agency says Executive Director of Rimbey FCSS, Peggy Mokofka.

The program offers free training to approved Rimbey FCSS volunteers who will learn how to complete simple tax returns for lower income individuals in the Town of Rimbey and west half of Ponoka County.

Volunteers will be screened have to sign an oath of confidentiality before helping individuals with their tax returns.

Individuals in the area stated above can access the program by calling the Rimbey FCSS office or by dropping their papers off at the office starting March 18, 2022. The office is located in the Rimbey Provincial Building.

Those wishing to use the program will be asked a few questions to be sure they qualify before the process begins and will have to sign a consent form for a volunteer to complete the returns. Mokofka asks that individuals ensure they have all their papers before dropping them off.

In addition, to participate in the program Mokofka says, “individuals must be able to sign the consent themselves, be their own decision maker, have a modest income below the suggested threshold, with a simple and straightforward tax situation.”

“In general, if your tax situation is that you have no income, or your income comes from these sources: employment, pension, CPP disability, employment insurance, social assistance, RRSP’s, support payments, scholarships, bursary’s, or grants or interest under $1000 you may qualify for free help with your tax return.”

“People not eligible include if you are self-employed, or have employment expenses, have business or rental income and expenses, have capital gains or losses, have filed for bankruptcy or are completing a tax return for a deceased person.”

Rimbey FCSS started the program years ago to help those in the community living on low income be able to access programs and services they might not have realized they were eligible for and missed out on because they weren’t doing their tax returns every year.

“The program helps residents because it qualifies them for many other programs and subsidies that the government may offer from time to time to help the low income folks,” says Mokofka.