Tax consultations and on-site services at City Centre Library (Surrey)

Poster for income tax services

Tax AID DABC is holding income tax consultations and on-site services at the City Centre Library in Surrey every Tuesday from Feb 25th – April 28th.

To register, please email taxaid@disabilityalliancebc.org or call 236-477-1717.

Disability Tax Credit services are also available Feb 25, March 10, March 24, April 7 and April 21. To register for DTC assistance, please call 604-872-1278 or email rdsp@disabilityalliancebc.org.

DABC's Response to BC Budget 2020

On reviewing Budget 2020, Disability Alliance BC is pleased to see the increase to the earnings exemptions for people on provincial income assistance (to $6000 per year) and disability assistance (to $15,000 per year) for those who are able to work; however, only a small percentage (4%) of disability assistance recipients were able to utilize the full earnings exemption prior to this increase. We are disappointed at the lack of increases to actual income assistance and disability assistance rates, which are urgently needed to adequately support those who are unable to work. While rate increases in October 2017 and Budget 2019 were a move in the right direction, income and disability assistance remain well below the poverty line. We continue to call for the government to increase disability assistance to $1500/ per month, indexed to inflation.

We had also hoped to see other specific investments to make our province more inclusive for people with disabilities, such as specific funding for accessible housing and a program to address affordability of medical equipment and supplies. We look forward to continuing to advocate for these and other necessary investments.

For more information on Budget 2020: https://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2020/downloads.htm

New Disability Law Clinic at DABC

We are excited to announce that on February 24th, Disability Alliance BC will be launching our new Disability Law Clinic!

Our staff lawyer will be able to provide advice and representation to people with disabilities living on low incomes who are dealing with legal issues.

We will have a dedicated phone line for the law clinic (which will be announced soon) and an email address: lawclinic@disabilityalliancebc.org.

The law clinic is generously funded by the Law Foundation of BC.