Free Tax Clinics at the BCCPD

If you have a simple tax situation, our trained volunteer can help complete your taxes for free! If you are on PWD benefits, this is a good way to ensure taxes are filed on time & correctly.

Where:

BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) office
#204- 456 West Broadway in Vancouver.  

When:

In February: Feb. 20th 2012; Feb. 27, 2012
In March: March 5th 2012; March 12th 2012
In April: April 2, 2012; April 16, 2012; April 23, 2012; April 30, 2012

Appointments are 30 minutes.

 Suggested eligibility:
– Individuals on PWD Benefits
– Individuals earning up to $25,000
– Couples earning up to $35,000

To Register: Call the BCCPD at 604-872-1278. We will let you know what documents you need to bring to your clinic.

*Please note, volunteers do not prepare tax returns for complex situations such as:
– Returns for deceased persons
– Individuals who file for bankruptcy
– Self-employed individuals
– Individuals who report capital gains or losses
– Individuals who report employment expenses, business or rental income & expenses

The BCCPD thanks ACORN for all of their support.

Updated CPP-D Guides now available in Chinese, English and Punjabi

cpp graphicWe have updated our CPP-D self-help guides and they are now available in Chinese and Punjabi, as well as English. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Notary Foundation of BC and the Law Foundation of BC.

Our four CPP-D guides are:

  1. Benefits Checklist
  2. Application Guide
  3. Appeal Guide: Part 1 – The Reconsideration Request
  4. Appeal Guide: Part 2 – Appealing to theCanada Pension Review Tribunal

These resources are designed to help people apply for or appeal the denial of CPP-D. The checklist explains what other programs CPP-D recipients may be eligible for. All the guides can be accessed from at http://bccpd.bc.ca/money.htm.

Order Hard Copies

If you would like hard copies of the guides, we will mail them to you free of charge. Please contact Val at 604-875-0188 or at feedback@bccpd.bc.ca to place your order.

If you have any questions about CPP-D, please contact our Advocacy Access Program at 604-872-1278 or 1-800-663-1278 and ask to speak to a CPP-D advocate.

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Community Update Re: Zyprexa Class Action

People receiving basic income assistance or disability benefits (PWD or PPMB) who are part of the Zyprexa Class Action are starting to receive cheques for amounts of up to $10,000 and in some cases more.

Benefits recipients are required to declare this payout to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), however small it may be.

The BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) has contacted MSD’s Vancouver Regional Office to determine how the Ministry is going to treat this income. We have been advised that MSD considers this payout as a one time financial award that will be exempted up to a family unit’s asset level. [Please see Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Regulation Schedule B, Section 7(c)]

This means that if, for example, a single PWD recipient receives a payout of less than $3,000 through the class action it will not affect their disability benefits. When a payout is over the allowed family unit asset level, benefits will be reduced or stopped for at least one month depending on the size of the payout. However most recipients who receive a payout that is more than their asset level should not have their benefits reduced or stopped for more than one month.

The MSD rules on asset and income exemptions are complex. We know from clients and other organizations that there is confusion and misunderstanding in the community about how Zyprexa payouts impact benefits. Consequently some people may have not reported their payout or spent all the money they received.

If you hear from people concerned about how Zyprexa class action payouts affect their benefits we strongly recommend that they speak to an advocate.

Please feel free to contact or refer them to Robin Loxton at 604-872-1278, or toll-free long-distance: 1-800-663-1278.