The Ottawa Public Library is partnering with Canada Revenue Agency to offer free tax preparation through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) in March and April. In order to have a volunteer file your income tax for free you need to have a modest income AND a simple tax situation.
Please bring government issued photo identification and all required documents with you.
Registration is not required; however, you must show up during advertised hours, linked below, and a volunteer will do your tax return for you on a first-come, first-served basis.
Modest income: In general, you have a modest income, if based on your family size, your total family income is less than the amount shown below.
Family size Total family income
1 person $35,000
2 persons $45,000
3 persons $47,500
4 persons $50,000
5 persons $52,500
more than 5 persons $52,500 plus $2,500 for each additional person
Simple tax situation
In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from these sources:
- benefits such as Canada Pension Plan, disability, employment insurance, social assistance
- registered retirement savings plans (RRSP's)
- support payments
- scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
- interest (under $1,000)
Your tax situation is not simple if you:
- are self-employed or have employment expenses
- have business or rental income and expenses
- have capital gains or losses; filed for bankruptcy
- are completing a tax return for a deceased person
Each branch has multiple sessions. Click the "View full schedule box" on each of the pages linked below to see the multiple sessions on different days and times.
Stittsville Branch: March 1 to April 30, Multiple days.
St-Laurent Branch: March 2 to March 6. One week, every day. Bilingual volunteers can prepare a tax return in English or French.
Sunnyside Branch: March 2 to April 11. Multiple days, afternoons and evenings.
Beaverbrook Branch: March 2 to April 25. Multiple days, afternoons and evenings.
Alta Vista Branch: March 7 to April 30. Multiple days.
Ruth E Dickinson Branch: March 7 to April 29, on weekends.
Blackburn Hamlet Branch: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, by appointment only
Greenboro Branch: March 16 to April 27, Monday evenings.
Orleans Branch: March 20 to March 29. Bilingual volunteers can prepare a tax return in English or French.