There are many ways to get involved in your community and donate your time. But to find the best volunteer position for you, follow your interests and skills.
While animal lovers might volunteer at an animal shelter, and music lovers might play at a care home, if you honestly like doing taxes or enjoy working with numbers, you can check out the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, known as the CVITP.
Through this program, community organizations host free, in-person or virtual tax clinics where volunteers complete income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals with a modest income and a simple tax situation.
It might not be for everyone, but you will join a group of more than 14,000 volunteers across Canada.
As a volunteer, you:
- Do taxes for adults 65 years and older, newcomers, students and others;
- Help people get benefits and credits, such as the Canada child benefit, GST/HST credit, Canada dental benefit or related provincial and territorial payments;
- Gain valuable experience;
- Give back to your community.
You don’t need to be a tax expert, anyone can help. The Canada Revenue Agency provides training, resources and a year-round dedicated phone line to support volunteers.
Find more information or register to volunteer at canada.ca/taxes-volunteer.