CALGARY, March 24, 2017 /CNW/ - As the 2016 tax return deadline approaches, Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) is helping Albertans with their tax returns through two annual initiatives: Tax Tips and Tax Clinics.
One way CPA Alberta is helping with the stresses of tax season is by providing 67 tax tips to help Albertans optimize available tax credits and tax-deductible expenses. These tips are intended as general guidelines to help with preparing tax articles leading up to the April 30, 2017 deadline. They touch on a variety of topics, including income from rent or scholarships, tax-deductible union dues, employment medical benefits, education expenses, tax credits, and much more.
Although the deadline for contributing to RRSPs for the 2016 tax year has passed (March 1, 2017), CPA Alberta also has 14 helpful RRSP tips to help Albertans prepare for the 2017 tax year.
Every year, in partnership with seniors' homes, community centres, and other not-for-profit agencies, several free tax clinics are hosted by CPA member volunteers for low-income Albertans in Edmonton, Calgary, and surrounding areas. In 2016, 434 volunteers completed over 3,000 returns at over 100 organizations.
On March 25, one such clinic will be happening in partnership with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. The clinic is targeted to Alberta immigrants, including Syrian refugees.
"It's important to use our skills as CPAs to give back to our communities, which is why I wanted to organize this clinic," says Jeanie McKibbon CPA, CA. "Working with the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society has allowed us to reach out to new Albertans and refugees, who would benefit greatly from these clinics and who may not know of such valuable programs."
Interested media are invited to attend a tax clinic session at the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society this Saturday, March 25, 2017. Interview opportunities with Chartered Professional Accountant and clinic organizer Jeanie McKibbon will be available.
- Saturday March 25, 2017
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
1111 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G5
CPA Alberta provides RRSP and Tax Tips as a free service to the public, but appreciates an acknowledgment for "CPA Alberta" when tax tip information is used. For specific advice about filing a 2016 tax return, please consult with the Canada Revenue Agency or a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
CPA Alberta acknowledges with thanks the contributions of CPA British Columbia in preparing the Tax Tips materials
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) is the Canadian business and accounting designation representing more than 200,000 professional accountants across the country. As part of the CPA profession in Canada, CPA Alberta is the professional regulatory organization for more than 28,000 CPAs across the province.
SOURCE CPA Alberta
For further information: Media Contact: Gordon Turtle, Senior Vice President, Communications & Government Relations, T: 780.424.7391, Email: [email protected]