Income Tax Preparation
Tax time can be a stressful time for everyone, so when Hilda (Hildi) Janzen heard about SEED’s free income tax preparation program, she gave them a call.
“I heard they (SEED) did income tax for free for low-income people, so I made an appointment,” says Janzen. “She (staff) mentioned other programs, so I applied for a birth certificate.”
It teaches you to save for things. It made me aware of where I’m spending and budgeting
SEED’s Access to Benefits (A to B) program offers help for low income people to obtain important identification like birth certificates. Participants can then access numerous benefits offered through the federal and provincial governments, like GST credits, Child Tax benefits, and RESPs.
Janzen then applied and was accepted for SEED’s Savings Circle program so she could save money for a clothes washer and dryer. She says it would be very difficult to save for these assets without the support of the Savings Circle program.
“Classes were helpful. Budgets – I’ve been doing that since,” says Janzen. “It teaches you to save for things. It made me aware of where I’m spending and budgeting.”