NORTH DELTA – For over 20 years, Deltassist has been helping low-income residents prepare their tax returns for free and, thanks to a grant from Vancity, this year’s program is set to help more than 500 people.
“Preparing a tax return can be a little complicated for some people,” said Lorraine Yates, manager of operations at Deltassist. “Even with little or no income, it’s important to send one in because that’s what the government uses to determine benefits and programs that many people have access to.”
Tax returns are used to calculate GST credits, Canada Child Tax Benefits, Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for seniors, MSP Premium Assistance, Pharmacare and a number of other benefits. Many programs can be requested when filing a tax return as well, which people will miss out on if they don’t send one in.
“Our volunteers have prepared thousands of tax returns since we started this program over 20 years ago,” said Yates. “We couldn’t do it without the support and dedication of our wonderful volunteers, and from the help we receive from companies like Vancity.”
This is the second year Vancity has donated to the program. “One of the ways we can help build healthy communities is by supporting organizations like Deltassist who are making an impact in the lives of people who live in this community,” said Praveen Sidhu, senior branch manager of Vancity’s North Delta Community branch.
North Delta residents can call 604-594-3455 to book an appointment at Deltassists’s North Delta office (9097 120th St.). People in Ladner and Tsawwassen can call 604-946-9526 at Deltassists’s Ladner office (4891 Delta St.).