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Tax Clinics - Volunteers Wanted Community

By Tierra Pawluk
Dec 21, 2020
Tax Clinics - Volunteers Wanted
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People Help People: Help Others by Volunteering to Prepare Low-Income Tax Returns

The CPABC Richmond/South Delta (RSD) Chapter will be partnering with Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS) to offer virtual tax clinics whilst maintaining physical distancing.  Volunteers will prepare income tax returns for seniors, new immigrants, and low income individuals and families.

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), more than 18,970 volunteers helped over 407,410 people file their income tax and benefit returns in 2019-2020. Please join us to increase the number of Canadians who benefit from CVITP.

The RMCS virtual tax preparation clinics run from early March to early May 2021 from Monday to Saturday. RMCS has the standard safety protocol of working in the office that follows the guidelines from the Provincial health officials. RMCS will take care of the drop off and return of the tax return documents of the clients. Volunteers will work in small groups to maintain physical distancing.

Chapter volunteers are given the opportunity to participate on Saturdays (sessions running from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) and on Wednesday evenings (from 5:00 to 8:00 pm). Each shift is for three hours only. Volunteers are encouraged to take up as many shifts as they can but a minimum of 7 shifts per volunteer.

For example, a Saturday shift will be from 10:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Please pick your preferred time when completing the registration form.

Volunteers are required to take the online CVITP training and RMCS orientation (below).  RMCS will communicate with you after your registration.
  • CVITP Training – either Thursday, February 11, 10:00am – 12:00pm, or Saturday, February 13, 10:00am – 12:00pm.
  • RMCS Orientation – either Thursday, February 18, 10:30am -12:00pm, or Saturday, February 20, 10:30am – 12:00pm.
After completing the registration form with the Chapter, Volunteers are to:
  • Register at CVITP as a volunteer
  • Apply for an EFILE number ASAP (it may take up to 30 days to receive an EFILE number)
  • Apply for an exemption from licensing at CPABC home page 
  • Get a Criminal Record Check upon shift confirmation by RMCS. It would be free for all Richmond residents from RCMP office on No. 5 and Cambie with a letter from RMCS. Further details will be available in the first training session.
Date: March 1 to May 07, 2021
Volunteer Shifts: Saturday's:10:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm & Wednesday's: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS), 210-7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC 

For more information regarding the Richmond Multicultural COVID plan, please visit their website at :

 More details will be provided in the Confirmation email when the registration is completed.
Thank you again for volunteering with The CPABC RSD Chapter and we look forward to seeing you at the RMCS tax clinics.

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