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Income Tax

Information for All Students


Income Taxes in Canada
In Canada, the Income Tax Year runs from January to December and we file income taxes for the previous year (i.e. in 2016, we file for 2015 taxes).The deadline to file income taxes is April 30th of each year. Individuals must keep their tax information for a minimum of six (6) years. The Canada Revenue Agency (the government agency responsible for taxes) can request tax documents at any time.

Who can submit an income tax return?
You can file for income taxes if you were in Canada on December 31st of the tax year and are considered a resident of Canada. For the purposes of taxes, most international students are considered “residents”. If you are unsure, please contact ISS.

You must file Income taxes if you:

  • Had paid employment during the tax year
  • Received scholarships, bursaries, or fellowship funding in the tax year

What is the benefit of filing for income taxes?
Even if you did not receive scholarships or have paid employment, you will still qualify for income tax credits which may mean that you will receive an income tax refund. You can also apply for a GST credit when filing income taxes. You qualify for GST if you are over 19 years old and make an income of less than $42,641.00 (single person). NOTE: If you are married or have a common-law partner, or a child, the income level changes). More information: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/bnfts/gsthst/menu-eng.html

How can I get help filing my income taxes? Every year, ISS offers a free workshop to help students to file their income taxes.

The clinic will dates for 2017 will be uploaded in Feb/March 2017.

For more information, please view our Student Income Tax Guide from 2016 (pdf).5


What do you need to file for income taxes?
To file for income taxes, you will need the following:

  1. A social insurance number (SIN) or Individual Tax Number (ITN)
  2. Tax Receipts (see below)
Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Most international students are now eligible to apply for a Social Insurance Number. Please see our Employment page for more information.

Applying for an Individual Tax Number (ITN)
Students who are not eligible to apply for a Social Insurance Number, must apply for an Individual Tax Number. Please contact ISS for more information.

Tax Receipts
The following are the most common tax receipts for international students. Usually the deadline to receive these documents is the end of February.

  • T2202A – Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate
  • Rent Statement/Receipt
  • T4- Statement of Renumeration Paid (Employment)
  • T4A- Scholarships, Bursaries, Fellowships, or Research Grants
  • Medical Expenses
  • Bus Passes
Where can I get more information?
Please read our Student Income Tax Guide (pdf)