What is the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program?
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a partnership of Assiniboine Regional Health Authority (ARHA) with the Canada Revenue Agency. This free program assists people who cannot afford to pay to have their taxes completed and as a result, obtain income they would not otherwise receive.
Completing a tax return is needed in order to qualify for many government funded programs, including the Child Tax Benefit and the GST rebate.
Why is the ARHA involved?
Income is the most important determinant of health. Lower income is associated with poorer health status. For this reason, the ARHA supports the Health Promotion Coordinator to facilitate the CVITP.
How does the CVITP work?
Community volunteers receive training from the Canada Revenue Agency in February to complete electronic tax returns for individuals and families. Community partners provide computer access and a meeting place /drop-off/pickup location for the volunteers and clients. Volunteers sign confidentiality agreements. All records are kept by the individual client and Canada Revenue Agency. No electronic or paper documents remain with the volunteers, the CVITP, or the Assiniboine RHA.
Where is it being offered?
In 2011, the CVITP is offered in Reston, Carberry, Neepawa, Minnedosa, Souris, Rivers, Elkhorn, Killarney, Birtle, and Virden. The ARHA expands the program to new communities each year.
What about becoming a volunteer?
As a volunteer, participating in the CVITP is a rewarding opportunity to assist others who otherwise might not file an income tax return. It is a short time commitment because the program runs from mid-February to April 30th of each year. New volunteers are needed to establish the CVITP in more ARHA communities.
Community volunteers and the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program help to put money in the pockets of those who need it most!
For more information, to find out if the CVITP can benefit you, or to volunteer, please contact Health Promotion at the number on your right or
For more information regarding Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) Services contact:
Public Health Program Intake
Souris Health Centre; Box 10; Souris MB R0K 2C0