Protecting your privacy – Completion of income tax forms

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Completion of income tax forms –
In most cases we need to provide our accountants with such things as tax
receipts and statements from our banking institution and we need to ensure
that we provide the correct and appropriate paper work to our accountant.
How do we do this if we are vision impaired, a senior, or a vulnerable
person?

If we have a scanner, then for much of the time we can use our scanners to
read our statements but what if the print on these documents is either faded
or sometimes there is handwriting?
Well! We need to find a trustworthy person to help us out. It must be
someone that we trust; friend, neighbour, or family member.

What if we do not have anyone to help us?
Try going to your banking institution and explain your situation to them.
You would be amazed to find that help is there.

Other actions:
You could ask your banking institution for electronic versions of your
statements.
You could also phone those who have sent receipts to you to see if they can
also provide electronic versions to you.
For those living in Canada:
Try calling 1800 622 6232 and explain what you are seeking.
This is the Federal Government’s toll free number – 1800 ocanada.

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