Tips, Trick And Things To Expect This 2018 Tax Season

Posted on Monday, March 12, 2018 07:53 AM

It's tax-season again.

Which means it's a prime-time for scammers.

Canadian Revenue Agency spokesperson Ann-Marie Jenkins says residents can protect themselves by becoming familiar with how CRA communicates with customers.

She says texting scams are becoming increasingly popular, but CRA will never never send a text-message.

"We do call tax-payers from time to time, for various reasons," she says.

"However, if you get a call and the person on the phone seems to be very threatening, non-professional, or threatens to bring you to jail, hang up; it's definitely a scam."

Jenkins says an agent will never threaten a customer, and she says to never provide personal information.

There are also some new things to expect when filing taxes this season.

File My Return is a new service lets eligible Canadians to file taxes over the phone using an automated service.

Canadian Revenue Agency spokesperson Ann-Marie Jenkins says those who are eligible received an invitation in the mail.

She says it provides resident's with all the information they need to file over the phone.

"And it's for those who have a fixed income or returns that have no changed year to year."

Jenkins also says anyone who filed their tax return by paper last year will be mailed their tax return, guides and forms for this year.

She says guides and forms are also available at Canada Post, but anyone who paper-files will receive everything they need.


Anyone who isn't daunted by filing tax returns is being asked to volunteer their time.

The Canada Revenue Agency's Volunteer Income Tax Program is looking for people who can help local residents with their simple tax returns.

Desmond Arsenault with the CRA says they will provide training for the volunteers, and free software to get the work done.

He says the volunteers will prepare the tax return and submit it to the CRA.

"We do require all Canadians to file a tax return, even if we don't owe any income tax," he says.

"They should file a return to make sure we get the benefit's we're entitled to, such as the Goods and Services Tax Credit or the Canada Child Benefit."

Arsenault says the clinics are a great way to show community support, and help out one another.

He says most clinics do offer walk-ins, but prefer to have appointments booked in advanced.

The free tax preperation clinics are being held across the South Shore.

Arsenault says over 16,000 volunteers helped prepare over 750,000 returns last year alone.

Clinics are offered across the South Shore from Barrington, Bridgewater, Chester, Hubbards, Lockeport, Liverpool and Yarmouth.

Deadline to file taxes is April 30th.

To learn more on filing taxes, and what's new this year, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website, and follow the link to to become a volunteer with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.