For the past eight years, CGA-BC has sponsored a group of volunteer UBC students that provides free income tax return services. On Thursday, February 2, CGA-BC was the platinum sponsor at the annual TACS Welcome Session in the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library downtown. TACS stands for Tax Assistance Clinic for Students.
This year’s Welcome Session saw more than 100 UBC students networking with 20 BC CGA representatives, public practitioners who work in tax.
The highlight of the night was a panel discussion featuring three CGAs and a CGA student, who spoke of their reasons for choosing the CGA designation, their career paths and the job opportunities students can look forward to in the tax field. The panel consisted of CGA-BC First Vice-Chair Candace Nancke, CGA; Brian Galloway, FCGA; CGA student Parveen Karsan; and Harish Dholakia, CGA.
The UBC Tax Assistance Clinic is a student-run organization dedicated to :
- Hiring and training over 100 volunteers to help 1600-plus clients with their personal income tax returns
- Connecting students with the tax industry through a variety of networking opportunities.
The UBC TACS works under the Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), and students are trained by CRA employees. The objective of the CVITP is to help eligible individuals who are not able to prepare their income tax and benefit returns by themselves. It is intended to ensure that all taxpayers have equal access to the tax system. UBC TACS clients include students and low-income families.
The UBC TACS Clinic will be open from February 27 to March 30, 2012 on weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm at the UBC International House.
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