Vol­un­teers helped thou­sands of P.E.I. res­i­dents file taxes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

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.

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