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Volunteers ready to help seniors file their taxes


Prince Edward Community Care is gearing up for another season of completing income tax returns for Prince Edward County seniors. The service is provided to eligible seniors age 60 and over whose single income is $30,000 or lower or whose household income is $40,000 or lower.

This is the 35th year Prince Edward Community Care has been involved in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Volunteers receive training by the CRA to complete income tax returns for eligible clients. They do not complete income tax and benefit returns for deceased persons, bankrupt individuals; for those with more than $1000 of investment income; for individuals with capital gains/losses; or for people with business or rental income and expenses.

There is no charge for the service, but donations are accepted. Home visits can be arranged for seniors who are shut-in.  Income Tax papers will be accepted by Community Care at their office located at 74A King Street in Picton starting on March 1st. People are asked to bring along all required documents as well as a copy of their 2015 tax return.

The Ontario Energy Support Program (OESP) provides help for people who struggle to pay their hydro bills.  Community Care staff will provide support to low-income seniors age 60 and over who meet the eligibility criteria.  An eligible household ($28,000 or less for one or two people) can receive between $30-$50 monthly credit on their hydro bill.

Seniors are invited to contact the staff at Prince Edward Community Care to get answers to questions and help to submit the OESP application.  More information can be found at OntarioElectricitySupport.ca.

The Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors Association office is located at 74 King Street in Picton. For more information call 613-476-7493 or visit www.communitycareforseniors.org

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