Free Tax Filing Service at BCCPD

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The BCCPD is once again partnering with ACORN Canada to provide a free tax filing service.

Trained volunteers will assist with filing 2010 taxes, free of charge. People can maximize their tax credits and also receive GST cheques on time. As well, we can help you file taxes for previous years. Suggested eligibility:

  • Individuals receiving PWD benefits or PPMB benefits
  • Individuals earning up to $25,000 a year
  • Couples earning up to $35,000 a year
  • People with simple tax returns.

As well, trained volunteers with ACORN can assist with the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). If you have a child born after January 1st, 2004, qualifying families are eligible for the Child Learning Bond of $500 for the first year of the child’s life and $100 every year until the age of 18.

Tax Clinic Dates are Mondays:

Monday February 21st, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, and March 28th.

Please phone Advocacy Access at 604-872-1278 to sign up for a 30 minute appointment.

Money Skills at BCCPD: free 4-week program

Money Skills at BCCPD

Join us for a free 4-week program

Poverty is not only about money, it is also about not having access to the skills, resources, information, and choices necessary to get and maintain self-sufficiency.

If you are living on a low income or receiving disability benefits, you may have well-developed money management skills. You may know how to stretch a dollar and juggle bills. But if you want to know more, where do you get objective information not designed to sell you anything?

Often, financial language can be difficult to understand and link to your own life. Money is a sensitive and private subject for many people, so many of us don’t feel comfortable asking friends or family.

The Money Skills program at Family Services of Greater Vancouver works with community groups to offer a workshop series on money. The workshops are free of charge and provide a fun, interactive environment to share information and learn new money skills.

Budgeting: Track your earning and spending and be in control of your money.

Banking: Choose the options that are right for you, reduce fees and save money.

Credit: Build and maintain a good credit history and deal with debt.

Consumerism: Buy buy buy! Examine the role of advertising in our spending choices and how to be in charge of your own spending.

Cost:     Free
When:   Four sessions in June 2011: June 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd
Where:  BCCPD, #204 – 456 West Broadway, Vancouver
Time:    1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Call Val at 604-875-0188 or email feedback@bccpd.bc.ca for more information.

BC 211 is here

Just like dialing 411 (or 911), you can now dial 211 and get connected with appropriate community services.

While there are excellent community programs available, many people have difficulty finding the services they need. Service providers also face challenges trying to locate appropriate community services for their clients.

BC211 and United Way are very pleased to announce that Lower Mainland residents are now able to access 211 services that provide an easy entry point for people looking for help, 24/7, 365 days of the year. Thanks to ongoing funding from United Way of the Lower Mainland, BC211 provides 211 services for communities in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts.

Click here for details. http://www.uwlm.ca/our-impact/facts/bc211