Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and H&R Block are partnering to provide Members with personal tax preparation services for the 2021 year.
The service is available for all Members with simple tax returns (eg. no business income) and is free for Elders 55+, Income Assistance clients, and Members with 2021 income of $11,070 or less.
To use this service, Members can visit their nearest office (Main Office or Totem Hall) every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, starting March 15, 2022. April 26 is the last day to drop off at Totem Hall and April 28 is the last day for the Main Office. Members must bring their tax slips and sign forms or else the return cannot be processed. For more information, please see the tabs below.
This service is available to all Members with simple income tax returns (eg. no business income).
It is free for:
If you are not eligible for the free service, you will be charged a discounted price by H&R Block. This service is only available if you bring your documents to either the Main Office or Totem Hall. Please do not go to a H&R Block office.
Step 1: bring paperwork to the office and sign forms
Members should visit the office closest to where they live (Main Office: 320 Seymour Boulevard, North Vancouver or Totem Hall: 1380 Stawamus Road). The Nation offices will be accepting documents every Tuesday and Thursday during their office hours from March 15 to April 28, 2022. April 26 is the last day to drop off at Totem Hall and April 28 is the last day for the Main Office. Please do not go to an H&R Block office.
Members should bring their tax slips and any documentation from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). A full list is on the next tab.
*Please note that you must sign the forms when dropping off documents or else your return will not be processed. Therefore, you cannot drop off documents for someone else.
Step 2: wait for processing
H&R Block will contact you if any further information is needed.
Step 3: sign the release form
When your return is ready, you will need to go back to the office to sign a release form. If you are not eligible for the free service, you will need to pay the fee by cash or debit/credit card.
*Please note that H&R Block requires payment before they can submit your tax return to the CRA.
Members must follow the same tax rules as any other resident in Canada, unless all or part of their income is eligible for the tax exemption under section 87 of the Indian Act. Members also have access to the same benefits and credits as other Canadians as long as they file a tax return.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has set up a webpage to provide information. This page will:
If you are not eligible for the Nation’s tax preparation services, you may be eligible for help at a free tax clinic run by the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Volunteers complete tax and benefit returns for people who have a modest income and a simple tax situation (eg. Indigenous people, Elders, students). More information is available here.
Find a tax clinic near you. There are in-person and virtual options.