PwC is able to assist Elders and members on Income Assistance with non-complex returns (i.e., no rental income or business income) for 2020. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is the firm that conducts Squamish Nation’s external tax services. Please provide consent and return information by April 26th, 2021.
All services will be provided remotely (telephone and/or online) by PwC due to COVID-19 safety measures.
How can Elders and members on Income Assistance sign up:
If you had your return prepared in prior year by PwC:
You do not need sign up again, you will automatically receive a consent letter to have your return prepared this year by email or mail in the month of February.
If this is your first year having your return prepared by PwC:
Please fill out the intake form below (preferred)
Please call Lori Cummings at PwC at 604 495 8966 ext. 4465.
If you have any questions please call Lori at PwC, email firstname.lastname@example.org or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Next Steps for Members Requiring Tax Return Services
Please click on the button below. This will open a pop-up with the links to download the applicable form. Once you’ve provided this information someone from PwC will reach out to you to discuss required signatures.
If you have difficulties and are unable to use the form, please email email@example.com and PwC staff will provide assistance or take down the required information over the phone.
If PwC prepared my tax return in 2019, do I need to provide my details again?
No. If you have provided an email address, you will automatically receive an email from PwC linking to a DocuSign form to give PwC consent to prepare your return. If we do not have your email address you will receive a letter from PwC.
If PwC did not prepare my tax return in 2019, how do I sign up for the service?
Please complete the form linked on the website. Tax services are available for Elders and members on Income Assistance.
Who do I contact if I have any questions regarding the tax pool?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Cummings at 604-495-8966 ext. 4465.
Why do I owe tax this year?
You may not normally pay tax; however, if you collected the CERB you may have to pay tax. If you received CERB benefits, you have to pay tax on those benefits but the CRA and Service Canada do not automatically deduct tax from the CERB payments. If you have total income exceeding $12,000 for the year, and you collected the CERB, then you will likely owe tax.
What about the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)?
CRB replaced CERB and started on September 27, 2020. The CRB payments are also taxable, but the CRA withholds $100 of every $1,000 received for tax.
I’m someone with status living on-reserve how am I impacted by CERB and CRB?
CERB payments received are treated in the same way as the total income that entitled the taxpayer to the CERB. So, if the total income that you received is exempt from income tax (under Section 87 of the Indian Act), then the CERB received will also be exempt.
How do I know if the tax return has been filed?
You will receive a paper copy of your tax return in the mail and we will provide an electronic copy directly to the Squamish Nation office.
What do I need to provide, and how will I sign documents?
The amount of information you will need to provide will depend on whether or not your tax return was filed by the Nation last year. Typically the information required will be personal identification (name, date of birth, social insurance number, dependants, marital status etc.), and some general questions all taxpayers answer annually (i.e. did you dispose of your home in the year, are you a citizen etc.). No copies of tax related slips or documents will be required. Once your information has been provided you will need to sign a document that allows Finance Department Staff to access the Canada Revenue Agency’s online system to download your tax slips directly into the tax return. One your return is done you will need to sign one more form to provide authorization for Finance Department Staff to electronically file your return. These two forms can be signed using an electronic system called DOCUSIGN. Docusign is a convenient and secure system that allows a user to provide an electronic signature rather than having to physically sign a piece of paper. This method of signing is extremely secure and is accepted by most of the major banks in North America as well as the Canada Revenue Agency. You don’t have to leave your home to have your return prepared and filed!
I have more questions, who can I ask?
If you have more tax preparation questions, please email email@example.com
How to use these forms:
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