PUBLIC SERVICE TAX ANNOUNCEMENT: Major Changes to Tax Filing for 2012 Tax Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          MARCH 1, 2013

 

PUBLIC SERVICE TAX ANNOUNCEMENT:

Major Changes to Tax Filing for 2012 Tax Year

 

WINDSOR, ON – With the new tax season upon us, MP Brian Masse is advising constituents that a number of changes are coming to the way Canadians file their taxes. The Conservative government is moving towards “paperless” filing which could mean problems for seniors who have always counted on receiving their paper forms in the mail.

 

Under the proposed changes, the paper T1 General and T1 Special forms are no longer automatically being mailed out, as Canadians are encouraged to file their taxes online. As well, the service TELEFILE, which allowed seniors to call in their tax information, has been eliminated.

 

Masse says that while he supports efforts to make tax filing more efficient, he is worried that some seniors might find themselves disenfranchised.  “There are many people who are uncomfortable with online filing. Having the paper forms mailed out to seniors was a good service. We have also lost the phone service that many seniors in our community, and without internet service, relied on.”

 

Paper forms will still be available at the post office for people who prefer to fill out their forms by hand. Forms can also be downloaded by a friend or family member with a computer from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website at www.cra.gc.ca.  You can also call 1-800-959-2221 to request a paper form be mailed to you. 

 

The CRA website for those with access has links to certified NETFILE software which can either be purchased or downloaded for free.   Alternate formats for filing such as braille or extra-large print are also available online.

 

“My office is open to anyone who needs help accessing Canada Revenue Agency,” stated Masse.  We know that there are residents of our community without access to the internet and we are here to help.  If you just need us to print your forms or have questions about these changes, please call us at 519-255-1631.

 

Remember, for seniors and low-income Canadians, we also have community groups who will also help assist with simple tax returns.  I have attached a link of all area Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) Clinics.   The tax deadline for the 2012 year is April 30, 2013.

 

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For more information: Brian Masse (519) 255-1631 or brian.masse@parl.gc.ca