Abbotsford free income-tax service for low-income people will close

Program by Clearbrook Golden Age Society to stop operating on March 27

A free income-tax service being offered to low-income people in Abbotsford will shut down on Friday, March 27 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The service is offered every March and April through a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the Clearbrook Golden Age Society.

The program serves individuals with an income of up to $35,000 and couples with an income of up to $45,000. It is held in the basement of Garden Park Tower on Clearbrook Road.

But coordinator Phil Harder said many volunteers have indicated that they are no longer comfortable working from the office in the midst of the pandemic.

“We will make every attempt to complete the client packages that we have on file as well as the appointments we have for next week,” he said in an emailed statement.

Harder said all clients who have appointments after that will be advised of the closure.

He said any client packages that are not picked up by the end of next week will be placed under lock and key.

It is not clear at this time whether the clinic will re-open at a later date.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday (March 18) that the deadline to file tax returns has been extended from April 30 to June 1.

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