EMC news - A free tax return clinic will be available once again this year for low and moderate income individuals and new immigrants in Ottawa starting on Feb. 28.
Getting ready for the influx of calls to the office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on Montreal Road, members announced their free tax clinics on Feb. 16.
ACORN Ottawa members and fellow tax clinic users, Kathleen Fortin and Dave Thomasson are grateful for the clinics and want everyone who needs aid with their tax returns to know ACORN is there to help.
"This is all about poverty reduction and helping put more money into people's pockets," Fortin said. "It is an excellent service that saves people a lot of money."
Volunteer tax program co-ordinator, Keisha Lim, encourages people to call a book an appointment.
"It could take up to three days for us to call you back, but we will," Lim said.
Completely volunteer-driven, the free clinics started in 2009 and ACORN reports they have helped more than 1,800 people file their tax returns in the past four years.