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Volunteers help international students file taxes

 
2012-03-30
[Volunteer Bob Chan helps an international student complete his taxes]Long-time volunteer Bob Chan helps an international student file his taxes. Over 500 students attend tax clinics at the Queen's University International Centre each year.

For many international students at Queen’s, filing income tax returns can be a daunting task. Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) offers workshops to guide students through the Canadian tax system and explain the benefits of filing tax returns.

“Volunteers help the transition for international students into Canadian culture while smoothing the bureaucracy of a complicated tax system,” says volunteer Matthew Tomkins. “We also get the opportunity to learn about other cultures by talking with the residents of that country.”

Tax assistance is one of QUIC’s many initiatives designed to ease international students’ transition to studying at Queen’s and living in Canada. For international students, the language used in the tax-filing instructions isn’t commonly used in day-to-day conversations. Volunteers play an important role in explaining the rules of the system and why income tax forms are filled.

“We are able to provide our income tax workshops only with the assistance of volunteers from Queen’s and the community,” says Susan Anderson, Assistant Director, QUIC . “We are especially grateful to the long-serving community volunteers who provide continuity in the service.”

Over 500 students attend QUIC tax clinics each year. Students can follow along with volunteers and fill out their return forms at the same time. Volunteers are then available to assist with more complicated cases or with students who need further explanation. They also help students who need to file for several years of returns.

Visiting students can find the dates for upcoming clinics on QUIC’s events calendar listing.
 

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