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Nanaimo Salvation Army invites “anyone and everyone” to use free tax clinic

If you’re not sure how to do your income taxes, you’re welcome to ask the Salvation Army to help.

People can drop in from 9am to 2pm every Tuesday and Wednesday to get their 2022 taxes sorted. They’re accepted individuals and families with low income, and no self employed income.

“It allows us to help the individuals that are coming in, but also to let them know what other services we have available for them if they need other assistance,” said Fundraising and Promotions Coordinator Dawne Anderson. “Income tax is so important for folks to have that done and possibly realize that there’s more income that they can receive back to support themselves.” 

Starting on March 28th, families or individuals can begin making appointments. Those with appointments can get assistance with two or more tax years, as well as if they’re newcomers or have disabilities.

Both services will end on May 3rd.

Those who want to go are asked to bring all their information— including their T4s if they’re employed— and tax slips so the process can go smoothly.

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“Don’t hesitate to get your income tax done and don’t think of it as the Salvation Army,” said Anderson. “Think of it as; we have volunteers who are coming in and wanting to give this free tax service. We’re the venue, not that we’re going to keep any of this information, we’re just here to offer a helping hand [for] when people are looking at their income tax going, ‘oh, I don’t know how to do this.’ We’re just encouraging folks to give us a call and talk to Mari.”

You can’t book an appointment online. You’re asked to call 250 753 884 ext 409 to make one. 

“This includes, adults, 65 and older, housing insecure individuals, indigenous… Anyone and everyone can come,” said Anderson.

Drop-ins and those with an appointment are asked to visit 505 Eighth Street.

They’ve served around 35 people since March 7th.

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