CPA Alberta’s volunteer tax clinic program saw another year of success. The program connects qualified CPAs with low-income Albertans and newcomers looking for assistance with their tax returns. In partnership with 135 organizations—including seniors’ homes, community centres, and other not-for-profit agencies—527 CPAs volunteered at 300 tax clinics. Volunteers completed an outstanding 4,000 tax returns between March 11 and April 18.
“I started volunteering because I had in-depth knowledge of tax and I was looking for a way to give back using my skillset,” says Stephen Zhang CPA, CA, Tax Partner with Crowe Mackay LLP, who has been volunteering with the tax clinic program since 2012. “CPAs care for the community and this is one way we can give back. The tax clinic participants are always so happy and grateful. It’s been great to see this program thrive and be more successful each year.”
This year, Stephen volunteered at Garneau United Church and organized a group of six colleagues to volunteer at another clinic at Greater Edmonton Foundation (GEF) Sakaw Terrace.
“CPA Alberta’s Tax Clinic Program is one of our most successful volunteer programs,” says Rachel Miller FCPA, FCA, CPA Alberta CEO. “We’ve seen a lot of interest from Alberta CPAs who want to donate their time and expertise. CPAs are passionate volunteers who frequently give back to their communities in various capacities.”
Since 2015, the year CPA Alberta was formed, the volunteer tax clinic program has seen over 18,000 tax returns completed for Albertans in need.
To learn more about CPA Alberta’s Tax Clinic program please visit: www.cpaalberta.ca/TaxClinics. Non-profit organizations interested in hosting a clinic during next year’s tax season can apply beginning in November 2019. Applications for CPA volunteers will open December 2019.