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Niagara Falls Public Library

In order to be eligible for a CVITP tax clinic appointment, individuals must have a simple tax situation and a modest income.

Simple tax situation

In general, a tax situation is simple if an individual has no income or if their income comes from these sources:

  • employment
  • pension
  • benefits, such as Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)
  • support payments
  • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, or grants
  • interest (under $1,000)

Complex returns, which will not be completed at these clinics, include:

  • People with business of self-employment income / expenses
  • People with rental income
  • Capital gains or losses
  • Bankruptcy filers
  • Returns for deceased taxpayers

Modest Income

The following table provides a guideline to determine if an individual is eligible for the CVITP. In general, a modest income means the total family income is less than the amount shown in the chart below, based on the size of the family.

Family size Total family income
1 Person $35,000
2 People $45,000
3 People $47,500
4 People $50,000
5 People $52,500
More than 5 people $52,500, plus $2,500 for each additional person

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Register

If you are eligible for the program, you can call any library location to register for an appointment starting February 1st. (If 2 members of the household are eligible, such as a husband and wife, you will need to book 2 back-to-back appointments.) A library staff member will ask you a couple of short questions to ensure that you qualify, and then set you up with an appointment.

In-Person appointments or Virtual?

We are offering in-person appointments this year

What to expect with In-Person appointments

Two days prior to your appointment, you’ll receive a reminder phone call or email. On the day of your appointment, we encourage you to arrive at the library a few minutes before your appointment start-time so that you can get parked and find the proper room. Please follow the signs or ask a staff member if you’re not sure which way to go.

To find more free tax clinics in Niagara Falls and the surrounding area, please visit https://nfpl.info/TaxClinicsCanada

Thank You To Our Volunteers!

This valuable program would not be possible without a team of dedicated volunteers offering up their time and expertise. We want to say a sincere thank you to each of our volunteers for their generosity and kindness!