FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers who want to benefit from the available provincial and federal tax credits, including the provincial HST credit, are reminded to file their income tax return before the Canada Revenue Agency’s April 30 deadline.

“Filing income tax returns gives qualifying individuals and families access to several programs like Healthy Smiles, Clear Vision, Canada Learning Bond, New Brunswick Child Tax Benefit, Canada Child Benefit and the New Brunswick School Supplement, in addition to the provincial HST credit and the federal GST credit,” said Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation. “I urge New Brunswickers to file a return, even if they do not have any income to report, to help ensure they can access these programs if they are eligible.”

Most Canadian income tax and benefit returns for 2016 are due on April 30. However, as this date falls on Sunday this year, the Canada Revenue Agency will consider your return filed on time and your payment made on time if they receive it by midnight on May 1, or if it is postmarked May 1.

Low-income and middle-income New Brunswickers with straightforward tax situations may be eligible for free help in preparing their tax returns. For more information on New Brunswick’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, call 1-800-959-8281. Details about the Canada Revenue Agency’s Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics offered in the province are available online.