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Tax Filing & Benefits

Filing your taxes is an opportunity to boost your income, even if you are not earning an income!

Learn more in this section about financial benefits and where you can go to get help with accessing those benefits and filing your taxes - at no cost.

Why should I file my taxes?
When can I file my taxes?
What do I need to file my taxes?
Where can I find a free tax clinic to help me file my taxes?

Why Should I File My Taxes?

  1. Boost Your Income
    Whether you are a low-income earner or on social assistance, filing your tax return annually can unlock additional financial benefits and credits and improve your financial status.  Did you know you can back file up to 10 years and still access financial benefits? Even if you don’t have an income, you can get money back.

    Here's an example:
Single parent (Taxes Not filed):   (After Tax Filing and Accessing Benefits):
  • Two children ages 2 & 4
  • Renting in subsidized housing
  • Employed part time
  • GST Refundable Credit $ 842.00 ($210.50 paid quarterly)
  • Canada Child Benefits: $12,800.00 ($1,066.66 paid monthly)
  • Working Income Tax Benefit: $ 1,844.00 (with refund OR part paid quarterly)
  • Manitoba Child Benefit $ 840.00 ($35.00 paid monthly)
  • MB Personal Tax Credit $ 266.00 (refund upon tax filing

Annual employment income: $15, 000.00 _________________________________

Total Annual Income:  $31, 592.00 ____________________________
  1. Finding help with tax filing and accessing benefits is easy
    Financial benefits are always changing. There are many free tax filing services available through partnership with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program/CRA  trained volunteers- see listing below. Trained tax preparers can help you to file your taxes and help you to identify and access financial benefits that you may be eligible for.

  2. It’s an opportunity to put the extra money to good use
    Tax refunds received after you file your taxes can be used to make big-ticket purchases, pay off existing debt or be used to establish savings and investments for yourself or your family!  For example, consider investing in a Registered Educational Savings Plan (RESP) to help access post-secondary education. Get Your Benefits! is a 20-page plain language booklet listing many federal, provincial and regional benefits and programs for individuals and families living in Manitoba.

When Can I File My Taxes?

Taxes should be filed by the end of April annually however you can file your taxes at anytime throughout the year. To help you with this, there are many free tax preparation services offered between February, March and April- see section below. A limited number of free tax services are also offered throughout the year. Private firms offer year round service, however typically there is a cost for service.

What Do I Need To File My Taxes?

To help complete your tax return, you should bring the following;
  • All tax slips (T3, T4, other)
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Personal identification: photo ID is preferred
  • Rent payment information
  • Common law or married couples will need to come together
Download and complete this tax intake form (PDF) provided by the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. This form will help your tax preparer identify your eligible benefits and help you to access additional income. Take this form with you to your tax preparation clinic or tax service location.

If you don’t have all the necessary documents, many tax services offered throughout the province can also help you get the documents you need.

Where Can I Find A Free Tax Clinic and Get Help To Access Benefits?

Use the listing below to find a free service near you. Free tax services are reserved for low-income individuals and couples who are not self-employed. Unless otherwise noted, services listed are first-come, first-served and are offered by trained tax preparers through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVTIP) / Canada Revenue Agency. Tax refunds can be expected in as little as 7 to 10 days when using a free tax service. Note: This is not a comprehensive listing. For additional tax services offered in your area check with your local Manitoba Housing office, community centres, groups and churches or use the following websites:

211 Manitoba - General listing of tax assistance/clinics in your community (click on financial)

Tax Preparations Clinics - Manitoba - A listing of free community tax clinics in Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Free tax services near you: Winnipeg | Interlake | Eastman | Westman | North

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ACCESS River East
– walk-in
975 Henderson Hwy
Thursdays only: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
March 9  - April 27, 2017

Access Transcona
– walk-in
845 Regent Ave. W
Thursdays only:  9:00am - 2:30pm
March 23 - April 27, 2017  

Acceuil Francophone du Manitoba –
104, 420 Rue Des Meurons
Every Monday and Thursday, 9 :00am – 4 :00pm
March 2 and March 31, 2017.

Age and Opportunity*
- by appointment
For older adults 55 & Over
Contact: 204-956-6440
  • Church of Christ
    170 St. Mary’s Road
    Saturday, March 11th, 2017- 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Saturday, March 18th, 2017- 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

  • Holy Eucharist Parish Centre
    460 Munroe Avenue
    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017- 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

  • St. James Assiniboia 55+ Centre
    3-203 Duffield Street
    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -5:30pm-8:00pm

  • St. Mary’s Road United Church
    613 St. Mary’s Road
    Saturday, March 11th, 2017- 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    Saturday, March 18th, 2017- 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
* Coordinated by Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba

Millennium Library
– first-come-first-served
Dr. Anne Smigel Room
251 Donald Street

  • Monday, March 20 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22 - 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 23 - 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27 - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 29 - 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Please read the PDF flyer for dates, times and
additional information

Sir William Stephenson Library
- first-come-first-served
765 Keewatin Street

  • Tuesday, April 25 - 3:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26 - 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please read the PDF flyer for dates, times and
additional information

Norquay Building
– walk-in
401 York Avenue - Basement Auditorium
Tuesday – Friday, 9:00am - 2:30pm
February 28- April 28, 2017

Seed Winnipeg
- by appointment
Drop-In Thursday beginning 9:00am
80 Salter Street
Contact them by e-mail or by telephone at 204-927-9945
Includes assistance with opening a bank account, opening an RESP.

Visit Seed Winnipeg's website for more information.

Services available all year.




New Horizons 55+ Centre
– by appointment *
17 North Colonization Road
Contact: 204-642-7909
Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
March 1 and April 28, 2017
*services open to non-seniors




Teulon & District Senior Resource Council - walk-in
54 Main Street
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
March 13 - September 30, 2017

Parkview  Manor – walk in
445 Eveline Street
March 24 and April 13, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm

Red River Manor – walk in
215 Eaton Avenue
March 17, April 7 & 28, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm

Selkirk Friendship Centre - walk-in
425 Eveline St.
Contact: 204-482-7525
Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 pm, year-round service

Selkirk Rotary Manor  – walk in
200 Fox Avenue
March 10, 31 and April 21, 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm

Selkirk Support Centre – by appointment
242 Manitoba Ave
Contact: 204-482-3536
Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00am -12:00pm
Services available all year.



Northeastern Manitoba - Various Contacts (PDF)

Opening Doors to Success – by appointment
90 Brandt Avenue
Contact: 204-396-9840
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
February 27 - April 15, 2017

Includes RM's of Springfield, Beausejour, Whitemouth, Lac Du Bonnet and Pinawa


Portage La Prairie

Health Access Centre
- walk-in
20 - 7th Street
Monday – Sunday, 11:00a.m.-7:00pm
March  - April 30, 2017

The Door - Community Connection Point
- walk-in
7-714 Willow Bay
Thursdays, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
March 16 - Apil 27, 2017

Tupper Street Family Resource Centre
- by appointment
234 Princess Avenue
9:00am - 3:00pm
Call for availablility - 204-239-3986

Winkler Western Manitoba - Various Contacts (PDF)

Central Station Community Centre - by appointment
2014-545 Industrial Drive
Fridays,  10:00am – 3:00pm
Contact: 204- 325-0257

Includes Birtle, Carberry, Elkhorn, Virden, Minnedosa,
Neepawa, Souris, Rivers, Killarney


Norway House

Norway House Cree Nation & Employment & Training Centre
– walk-in
404020 Walter N. Margaret Road
Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Services available all year.

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