Recipe courtesy of Chef Michelle, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 17 minutes
(NC) For most of us, tax filing is a familiar ritual of sifting through forms and receipts in hopes of getting back some extra cash to save for a rainy day or maybe even splurge on something special. But, for some, this is an important yet often missed opportunity to significantly increase their income and improve their quality of life.
Filing a tax return can seem daunting for many people, but it’s worth it. For example, did you know that a single mom with two children earning $15,000 a year working part-time can get the Canada child benefit, the GST/HST credit, the working income tax benefit and more?
To get benefits and credits, you must do taxes every year, which isn’t always easy when you’re working through other challenges.
All across Canada, organizations like churches, community centres and libraries help countless people by giving them the resources they need to get back on their feet. And, if you’ve ever worked or volunteered for one of these organizations, you know how big of a difference benefit payments can make.
That’s why the Canada Revenue Agency offers a number of services to support community organizations in their goal to help people. Did you know that, through their Outreach Program, you can request to have CRA officers visit a community organization? The officer can answer questions on benefits and credits, distribute informational materials, and present information on services and programs that might help you—including free tax clinics. Help those who need it most this tax season. Ask a community organization near you about having an outreach officer come to talk to members of your community about taxes and benefits. Or, if you’re involved with an organization, you can request a visit at canada.ca/cra-outreach.