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Information Orillia offering discounted tax filing

Agency also hosting free income tax session for seniors Feb. 25
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A popular tax-season service is returning to Orillia for a fifth year.

Information Orillia is again offering discounted tax filing.

“It’s nice because, a lot of the time, it’s people who are on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program), Ontario Works or low-income. In that respect, it’s really awesome to have that program,” said Karissa Barker, client resource specialist with Information Orillia.

In the past four years, 3,160 people took advantage of the service. Last year, the agency assisted more than 800 people with their tax returns, at little or no cost.

In March and April, the service is free for single residents who make less than $20,000 per year. It costs $10 for singles who make $20,000 to $30,000. It is also free for single families making less than $30,000, while it costs $10 for single families making $30,000 to $40,000.

This month, Information Orillia will host a free income tax session for seniors 65 and older.

“We just felt that, with Orillia having such a large senior population, we wanted to provide resources to financially empower seniors in the community,” Barker said. “It was pretty much a no-brainer to do that because we have the capacity.”

The session will take place Feb. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion on Mississaga Street East. Participants are asked to bring their social insurance number cards and income slips. Complimentary soup and sandwiches will be provided. Information Orillia can arrange transportation for those who need it.

To register, call 705-326-7743.

Information Orillia processes simple tax returns only. It cannot file returns for those who have filed for bankruptcy within the past year, business income, rental income, employment expenses and capital gains or losses.

Last year, Information Orillia filed returns for 28 seniors from May to October.