Become a Participating Community Organization

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Promote equality in your community by helping taxpayers claim the benefits and tax credits to which they are entitled.

What is expected of a participating community organization?

As a participating community organization, you:

  • help taxpayers meet their tax obligations and claim the benefits and credits they are entitled to;
  • plan and hold free income tax return preparation sessions;
  • coordinate volunteer efforts and make sure volunteers complete returns for eligible taxpayers;
  • process taxpayer information confidentially and securely and ensure that your volunteers do so as well;
  • ensure that all your volunteers register for the Income Tax Assistance - Volunteer Program;
  • ensure that volunteers who to intend to file federal income tax returns online are registered with the CRA for EFILE;
  • register your volunteers for NetFIle Québec using form TP-223.PB-V, Application for NetFIle Québec Registration for Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program Volunteers, so they can file Québec income tax returns online;
  • ensure that your volunteers meet the security requirements (see Become a Volunteer).

Participating organizations:  

  • have access to an online volunteer recruitment kit and program promotional materials;
  • will benefit from coaching provided by the CRA and Revenu Québec throughout the filing season;
  • may benefit from a computer donation program;
  • may be eligible for a grant from Revenu Québec.

How to register an organization for the program

To register as a participating organization, you must complete the CRA's registration form for organizations in Québec. Once you have registered, a program coordinator will contact you and provide any assistance you may need.

Your registration is valid for one year only. You have to renew your registration each year you wish to participate in the program.

Income tax return preparation sessions

Under the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program, you are responsible for organizing the income tax return preparation sessions where eligible taxpayers can get free help filing their returns. These sessions usually take place during the day in March and April. Some organizations, however, offer services outside of this period to accommodate people who are filing current returns late or filing returns for past years.

To be eligible for the program, the people must have a modest income and a simple tax situation.

Auto-fill my return

Auto-fill my return is an optional and secure Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) service that allows income tax assistance program volunteers to automatically fill in parts of a taxpayer's federal income tax return with information from the person's CRA file. Note that this service cannot be used to complete Québec income tax returns.

To use this service, volunteers must follow the instructions on the Become a Volunteer page.

Grant for organizations participating in the income tax assistance program

As a participating community organization, you may be eligible for a grant from Revenu Québec in the amount of $2 for each Québec income tax return your organization files under the income tax assistance program.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • be registered for the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program;
  • have prepared provincial income tax returns on behalf of taxpayers free of charge during the filing period that runs from May 1 of the year to April 30 of the next year;
  • complete form LM-94.9.PB-V, Grant for Community Organizations Participating in the Income Tax Assistance – Volunteer Program, and send it to Revenu Québec by December 31 following the end of the filing period.

The grant will only be awarded once for each return prepared during the filing period. Do not submit more than one application per tax season.

Accountants and tax professionals

If you are an accountant or tax professional, you must make a clear distinction between your own clients and the taxpayers taking advantage of the income tax assistance program. Therefore, you or your volunteers cannot use the EFILE and NetFile Québec numbers used for your business when preparing returns under the program. You must obtain separate numbers for use under the program.  

How to register an organization for the program

To register as a participating organization, you must complete the CRA's registration form for organizations in Québec. Once you have registered, a program coordinator will contact you and provide any assistance you may need.

Your registration is valid for one year only. You have to renew your registration each year you wish to participate in the program.

Need more information?

For more information, contact a program coordinator using the CRA's online request form.

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