Download the Fall/Winter 2021 Edition of Transition Magazine!

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Download the Fall/Winter 2021 edition of Transition magazine here: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/transitionfallwinter21web/!

The focus of this edition is Ending Legislated Poverty.

Our Transition team is always glad to receive feedback and to consider articles or creative work from our community partners and from people living with a disability. If you’d like to send along your ideas, we’d love to hear from you at transition@disabilityalliancebc.org.

Did you pay to get your DTC? We want to hear from you!

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Our Access RDSP advocates have heard from many clients about the financial barriers that have made it more difficult for them to apply for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC).

We want to hear from you if while applying for the DTC, you dealt with:

  • A fee from your medical practitioner that you couldn’t afford
  • A company that charged you an application fee or percentage of your return

You can reach us by email at rdsp@disabilityalliancebc.org, or by phone at 1-800-663-1278 to share your story.

If you haven’t applied for the Disability Tax Credit, and you would like help, contact us the same way.

DABC is seeking a Tax Advocate

Open:
October 18, 2021

Closes:
November 1, 2021

Job Type:
4 days/week—may increase depending on the needs of the program.

This position is until March 31, 2024, with the possibility of an extension.

Salary:
$33,600 annually

Benefits:

• Extended Health Care Benefits after 3-month probationary period

• Paid Vacation

• Paid sick leave

Report to: Director, Tax AID

Who We Are

Since 1977, Disability Alliance BC (DABC) has been a provincial, cross-disability voice in British Columbia. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research, and publications.

Our mission: to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence, and as equal and full participants in the community.

Program Description

Tax AID DABC partners with the Together Against Poverty Society, the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, and the Active Support Against Poverty Society, to provide free support to people with disabilities across BC to file income taxes for current and previous years. In addition to simple tax filing, we help with self-employment income, outstanding amounts owed to the Canada

Revenue Agency (CRA), applying for other tax related government programs/benefits, and matters related to financial literacy.

Job Description

DABC is seeking an advocate to join our Tax AID program. Under the supervision of the Tax AID Director, the Advocate/Program Coordinator will work one-on-one to assist people with disabilities with their income taxes and raise awareness about the program through strategic partnership and community outreach. The successful candidate will have other administrative responsibilities related to the program’s operations including developing and conducting workshops, assisting with program reports, and participating in team meetings and training on an as needed basis.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

· Prepare and file accurate tax returns for current and previous years in compliance with CRA standards

· Liaise with clients and the CRA on specific issues related to personal taxes

· Manage multiple client files simultaneously

· Report any questions or concerns to the Director

· Compile and organize client records

· Attend trainings to further develop knowledge on income tax matters

· Organize and assist with volunteer training and potentially their supervision over time as the candidate grows in their role

A successful applicant must

· Be able to work effectively with people with disabilities

· Possess a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience

· Meet the requirements to be a tax filer through CRA’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Preparation (CVITP) program

· Have more than 2 years of proven experience using income tax preparation software (e.g., UFile) to prepare income tax returns for clients

· Be self-motivated and adaptable and able to work effectively with a team

· Be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational skills

· Have strong verbal and written communication skills

· Understand the importance of preserving the confidentiality of sensitive client information

· Be computer literate and proficient with word-processing software, including the Microsoft Office Suite

· Be comfortable working in the office and remotely

· Be available for occasional travel to communities across Lower Mainland

The following would also be assets in the position:

· Knowledge of tax law

· Volunteer or coordination experience with the Canadian Revenue Agency’s CVITP Program

· Working knowledge of income tax programs for people with disabilities including the Disability Tax Credit, Canada caregiver amount and other deductions

· Completion of an accounting or tax certificate or diploma/degree

DABC is an open and diverse organization that promotes inclusive hiring practices. We encourage applications from qualified applicants who identify as visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and brief cover letter addressed to Cynthia Minh (Director, Tax AID & Access RDSP) cynthia@disabilityalliancebc.org using the subject heading “Job Application: Tax AID Advocate.” No phone calls or faxes please.

Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 1, 2021. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in November and the position start date will be mid-November 2021.

Download the job posting here: Job-Description-Tax-Advocatefinal_Oct2021.