Tax preparers needed

Volunteer Terrace is looking for tax preparers to help people on modest incomes or fixed incomes do their taxes.

Volunteer Terrace is looking for tax preparers to help people on modest incomes or fixed incomes do their taxes.

The number of tax preparers has dwindled down to one person, who can’t do it alone, says Volunteer Terrace interim executive director Tracey Davidson.

And the number of people who go to the Happy Gang to get their taxes done for free has grown.

We hate to see the program go away completely,” said Davidson.

If we even had two more tax preparers, that would be ideal.”

The program is Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Community Volunteer Income Tax Program which helps people with modest-incomes or on fixed incomes whose financial situation is unchanged year to year.

Individuals who choose to be a tax preparer must work with their local community organization and have a basic understanding of income tax.

Tax preparation is done in March and April but volunteers have to register on the CRA website first and then come for free training, which starts this week.

Anyone who is interested can call Volunteer Terrace and ask to talk to someone about being a tax preparer at 250-638-1330.