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Free Tax Clinic Now Available for Low-Income People in Edmonton

Tax season can be a stressful time, but a new tax clinic in Edmonton hopes to make the process easier for low-income people.

“The idea behind the clinic is to get as many people in the community as possible to file their taxes on time so they can access government benefits,” project manager Tayo Elnathan told CBC Edmonton. Active Radio.

This is the first clinic of its kind organized by the Ladies Corner Canada Media Foundation and was launched in partnership with the Africa Center and the Edmonton Community Foundation. A Calgary-based accounting firm, Dexteritas Inc, will provide its services free of charge.

The clinic, located in Central Africa, aims to reduce the barriers that many new immigrants, students and others with incomes of $40,000 or less face when filing their taxes.

“It’s for the community that doesn’t know or understand the tax filing system here in Canada,” Elnathan said.

The clinic will be run from the Africa Center in Edmonton. (Submitted by Ladies Corner Canada Media Foundation)

“We thought the best way to do that was to get to know people – to let them in, to have access – and to make sure it was done by professionals who were like them, who understood them. and the challenges of being an immigrant or being a Black Member or BIPOC.”

Many people in the community have a general fear when it comes to taxes, compounded by language barriers, she said. The clinic offers translation services in many common languages ​​spoken by immigrant communities around Edmonton, including Swahili, French and Arabic.

“It’s always important to have a hub where people can get financial advice,” Elnathan said. “Some people don’t even understand what it is, so that’s one of the barriers I find in the language.”

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We talk to Tayo Elnathan. She is the project manager for the free tax clinic located at the African Center. 6:28

The clinic is available for walk-ins and appointments, but also offers services virtually. It also helps people apply for benefits to which they may be entitled.

“Our goal is to make things easier and remove barriers,” Elnathan said.

Prior to the free low income tax clinic, LCC worked on various programs for the community, including financial literacy and mental health sessions for youth as well as a vaccine literacy program.

The clinic is available Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It plans to extend its opening hours on weekdays and open on weekends in anticipation of its scheduled closure on May 15.