Volunteers helped thousands of P.E.I. residents file taxes
More Islanders got help filing their taxes and got access to benefits this year after a federal and provincial government campaign called Be Aware, and Get Your Share.
The number of P.E.I. residents helped through the Community Volunteer Income Tax program increased by 5 per cent – or 317 additional tax filings – for 2016 compared to the previous tax year. The number of volunteers with the program increased by eight per cent and the number of participating organizations doubled, from 10 to 20. A number of Islanders also received new benefits after becoming aware of them through the campaign and volunteer program.
One hundred seventy volunteers assisted 6,500 individuals with filing their tax returns in Prince Edward Island for 2016.
Dozens of public information sessions across the Island raised awareness of federal and provincial benefits including the Canada Child Benefit, GST/HST credits, free education money through the Canada Learning Bond, the province’s generic drug program and the seniors property tax deferral program.
For more information, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/ getyourshare.