Are you eligible for the income tax assistance program?

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Financial Assistance for Essential Workers

To receive an extra $100 per week, be sure to apply for the Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) if you:

  • work part-time or full-time in an essential service sector during the program period;
  • earn eligible employment income of $550 or less per week;
  • earn at least $5,000 in eligible employment income for 2020; and
  • have total annual income of no more than $28,600 for 2020 (not counting assistance received under the IPREW or your spouse's income).

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You may be eligible to take advantage of the income tax assistance program if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.

Under the program, a volunteer will help you complete your income tax returns free of charge. You will thus be sure that you are claiming all the benefits and tax credits to which you are entitled.

Modest income

Your family income must not exceed the limits in the table below. Note that each community organization can set its own income limits. Check with the community organization to see if you are eligible for assistance.

Suggested income limits
Person living alone $25,000
Couple $30,000
Each dependant $2,000
One adult with one child $30,000
Each additional dependant $2,000

Simple tax situation

Generally speaking, your tax situation is considered simple if you do not have any income or if the source of your income is:

  • employment;
  • a pension;
  • benefits from the Québec Pension Plan, a disability insurance plan or employment insurance, or social assistance payments;
  • income or an annuity from a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP);
  • support payments;
  • a scholarship;
  • interest (less than $1,000).

Your situation is not considered simple if: 

  • you are self-employed (except in certain situations, if your income is less than $1,000) or have employment expenses;
  • you have rental or business income and expenses;
  • you sold a residence;
  • you have capital gains or losses;
  • you declared bankruptcy; or
  • you are completing the return of a deceased person.

Income tax return preparation sessions

Participating community organizations throughout Québec hold income tax return preparation sessions, where volunteers complete eligible taxpayers' income tax returns for free.

Most income tax return preparation sessions are held during the day in March and April for income tax returns for the previous year. However, some organizations offer tax preparation services outside of this period. To find out where services are offered in Québec, refer to the list of Tax Preparation Sessions or contact Revenu Québec's client services.

Note that the list of sessions is updated regularly.

Important

To protect your personal information, make sure the community organization you turn to for help participates in the income tax assistance program, and provide only the information needed to file your income tax returns.

Required documents

Remember to bring your RL slips and information slips, your receipts, your notice of assessment for the previous year and any other relevant documents. Volunteers will need them to complete your federal and Québec income tax returns.

If you are missing an information slip or RL slip, you can get a copy online through:

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