Response to "Scarcity of tax forms irks" ~ London Free Press. Low income individuals
and families can have their tax returns completed for free at their local Community
Volunteer Income Tax Clinic throughout the months of March and April.
These clinics, run by Canada Revenue in partnership with community volunteers, have
been widely advertised, including in the tax guide sent to every home in my riding
of Elgin-Middlesex-London last month. Dates and times of all clinics in Ontario
can be viewed at
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/on-eng.html or obtained by
calling the Canada Revenue Agency or your local MP's office. I would encourage all
eligible individuals to use these clinics.
Discontinuing the automatic mail out of tax forms was a common sense decision. In
2011, printed packages for approximately 1.3 million individuals went unused. The
significant majority of Canadians now file their tax returns online. Further, it
costs about four times more to process a paper return than an electronic return.
Those who wish to continue to paper file can obtain tax packages and envelopes at
their local Post Office, Member of Parliament's Office or Service Canada. Individuals
can also call Canada Revenue Agency directly at 1-800-959-8281 to order forms.
Member of Parliament
Editor's Note: You also get your refund cheque in 2-4 weeks if you file on-line
(faster if you're set up for direct deposit to your bank account), compared to 6-8
weeks if you file a paper return.