Low-income residents can call SOS to register for the free Income Tax Program. Residents will primarily be assisted over the phone this year due to the pandemic. (Submitted photo)

Low-income residents can call SOS to register for the free Income Tax Program. Residents will primarily be assisted over the phone this year due to the pandemic. (Submitted photo)

Free income tax filing: SOS program offered to low-income residents

Call SOS at 250-248-2093 to register

By Lissa Alexander

Tax time can be stressful, but the SOS Income Tax Program is here to help.

The program has been helping low-income residents file basic tax returns at no cost since 1980.

“Our volunteers are trained, knowledgeable and eager to help residents complete their taxes,” said SOS Income Tax Program co-ordinator April Deleau.

This year due to the pandemic, volunteers will primarily be assisting residents over the phone but exceptions can be made if necessary.

This program works in conjunction with the Revenue Canada Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Eligibility guidelines set out by Canada Revenue Agency are income of no more than $35,000 for an individual and $45,000 for a couple.

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Often filing taxes is the key to unlocking unclaimed government benefits and recovering overpaid taxes, plus it can help relieve the stress that comes with piles of unfinished business.

Once residents have all their paperwork, they can call SOS at 250-248-2093 to register for the program.

SOS is a non-profit charity meeting the needs and improving the lives of District 69 residents since 1968. For more information about SOS, visit www.sosd69.com, or follow the Society on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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