We're hiring a tax advocate!
Position: Tax Advocate for DABC
Open: December 16, 2021
Closes: January 3, 2021
Location: Vancouver, BC
Job Type: Permanent, part-time (3days/week)
Salary: $25,200 annually
- Extended Health Care
- 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.
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 their taxes.
DABC is seeking an advocate who is passionate about disability issues and community work 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.
Experience with income tax filing is a strong asset to the position, but all candidates who believe in the values and mandate of DABC are encouraged to apply.
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 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 accounting taxation knowledge as part of an ongoing professional development program
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
- 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 are not required but would be assets to the position:
- Have more than 2 years of proven experience for clients using income tax preparation software (e.g., UFile) to prepare income tax returns
- 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 strongly encouraged to apply.
This role includes extended health care benefits after a 3-month probation, 3 weeks paid vacation, and paid sick leave.
To apply, please submit a resume and brief cover letter addressed to Cynthia Minh (Director, Tax AID & Access RDSP) firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject heading “Job Application: Tax AID Advocate/Program Coordinator”. No phone calls or faxes please.
Applications are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 3, 2021. DABC welcomes all applications, however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.
100% of DABC’s staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Many of the clients that DABC serves have medical conditions which make them vulnerable and more susceptible to severe symptoms of COVID-19, and so it is vital that DABC strives to protect our clients from risk of transmission. It is DABC’s policy to request that all new contractors and employees be fully vaccinated and therefore the successful applicant for this position will be asked for proof of vaccination upon hiring.
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 especially encouraged to apply.