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Free Income Tax Clinics In Owen Sound

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff says his office can help connect people to free tax clinics.

Low income residents in Grey Bruce can take advantage of free tax filing services.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is offering to help organize and prep tax information for those who may stuggle to afford it.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Alex Ruff says it's something his office is happy to help connect people to in the Owen Sound area, the same way previous MP Larry Miller's office did.

"This is offered to those that don't make a lot of money. It's based on your single income or family income. You can qualify to get your income tax done through a free clinic and what a great service to offer those that need help," says Ruff.

You may be eligible if you have an income of $35,000 or less,
or are part of a married or common law couple making a combines $45,000 or less
or are a single parent with one child making $40,000 or less-- add $2,500 per additional child
or have an interest income limited to under $1,000

Ruff notes, "The couple of hundred bucks it does cost is an expense especially if you're somebody that's not making a lot of money."

He explains, "Paying somebody $50 or $100 or $200 to do your return that you're either paying just a few dollars on...or receiving a few dollars...doesn't make a lot of sense, so it's great that there are these free clinics throughout the riding."

The clinics are set up by appointment.

Those who are interested can contact Alex Ruff's office at 519-371-1059,  leave  your  name and phone  number with the office staff and a  volunteer will contact you after 5 p.m. to set up an appointment.

Other Community Volunteer Income Tax Program volunteers work in partnership   with libraries, community health centres, employment services, around Bruce and Grey Counties.

Meanwhile The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force works with 211 to annually list all free clinics.

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