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Annual Income Tax Clinic

Annual Income Tax Clinic

Need help filing your income taxes? We have a free income tax clinic for low-income Surrey residents

Get help with filing your annual income taxes. In partnership with Surrey Libraries, the Annual Income Tax Clinic is offered at DIVERSEcity and several Surrey library locations in March and April.

Volunteers, trained by DIVERSEcity and the Canada Revenue Agency, will help you file your taxes correctly and on time. We also offer some services with language support.

UPDATE: 2020 Income Tax Clinics

All in-person Income Tax Clinics held at DIVERSEcity Community Campus and at the three Surrey Library Branches (Guildford, Strawberry Hill, City Centre) were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, we’re still running some Virtual Income Tax Clinics for those eligible. You must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Surrey resident
  • Have a simple tax return
  • No self-employment, bankruptcy, forms of deceased, capital gain/losses or rental income
  • Single person income — $30,000 or less
  • One parent with child income — $35,000 or less (add $2,500 for each dependent)
  • Couple income — $40,000 or less (add $2,500 for each dependent)
  • Investment income — under $1,000

You must also be able to participate in a Zoom call. Need tax help? If you have any questions about the tax clinics or or resources to help you file your taxes,  please email volunteer@dcrs.ca.

Resources for filing tax

NETFILE: If you can access a computer, you can file online using CRA certified tax-filing software. There are a variety of software products to meet their needs, some of which are free! See here for the list of free and pay-as-you-can software options.

File my Return: File my Return is a free, secure, and easy to use telephone service for eligible people with low income or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged from year to year. Those who are eligible have received an invitation letter in the mail or in their T1 income tax and benefit package. The service makes it easy and lets you file your income tax and benefit through an automated phone service.

Paper filing: You can still file your income tax return on paper. If you filed on paper last year and your address information with the CRA was up-to-date, you should have received your paper tax package in the mail by February 17, 2020. You can view, download and order forms at canada.ca/taxes-general-package or call the CRA at 1-855-330-3305 to order a copy. If you need to order a package, please keep in mind that it may take 10 days for delivery.

Are you eligible for the free Income Tax Clinic?

  • You must be a Surrey resident
  • Your income falls within these guidelines
    • Single person: $30,000 or less
    • One parent with child: $35,000 or less (add $2,500 for each dependent)
    • Couple: $40,000 or less (add $2,500 for reach dependent)
    • Investment income under $1,000
  • You have a simple tax return (no self-employment, no forms of deceased, no capital gains/losses, and no rental income).

For more information, contact us at volunteer@dcrs.ca or 604-597-0205 (Anu or Valda).

Volunteer with the tax clinic in Surrey

Interested in getting some accounting experience in Canada? Are you a student looking for professional experience? Volunteer with the tax clinic and get trained by Canada Revenue Agency professionals! Contact volunteer@dcrs.ca.