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Tax Returns

You must have all your tax documents in order to to file a tax return correctly.

Supporting Documents

Select the category that best suits you. Read all the information in that category very carefully.

I arrived to Canada in 2017

I have a SIN

You cannot file a tax return at this time, but you should apply for GST/HST credit.

You will be able to file a tax return in 2018.

I do not have a SIN

You need to apply for a SIN first. After applying for a SIN you can apply for GST/HST tax credit.

You will be able to apply for a tax return in 2018.

I arrived to Canada in 2016

I am filing taxes for the first time and I have an ITN

Every full time international student with a valid study permit can apply for a SIN.  You should apply for a SIN and file tax retuns using a SIN.

The International Centre does not offer tax appointments for students with ITNs.  This is because you cannot submit a tax return online using an ITN.

I am filing taxes for the first time and I have a SIN

You must collect the following documents before you start the Netfile program.

If you are missing any of these documents you cannot complete your return.

Document Where to find it
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Service Canada on 6206 Quinpool Road. Your SIN is printed on the SIN letter from Service Canada. It is also printed on your T4.
Date you first entered Canada (DD/MM/YY) Found in the Canada entry stamp in your passport OR the issue date of your first study permit.

T2202A

OR

 

 

Tuition receipt from language school

Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T2202A Tax Credit Forms.
Select 2016, and open the Printable Version.

Contact your language school.

T4

(if you had a job)

Contact your employer if you have not yet received a T4.Most employers send the T4 to their employees' mailing address.

If your employer is Dalhousie University:

Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Employees.
Click on Tax Forms, then Slips for Income Tax Return.
Select 2016, and open T4/T4A Statement of Remuneration Paid.
Click on Printable Version.

T4A
(if you have a scholarship/bursary/funding from Dalhousie university)
Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T4AA Tax Credit Forms.
Select 2016, and open the Printable Version.
Your bank account number, institution number and transit/branch number to allow direct deposit into your bank account. Contact your bank branch. Please note, the number on your debit/credit card is NOT your bank account number.
T5 – if you earned interest on investments and deposits Contact your bank branch.
Medical receipts, if you paid directly for a huge medical expense  
Your doctor's office, health clinic, hospital, etc.
If you are married, your spouse's documents Your spouse must also have a tax number, and if applicable the tax documents stated above.  
RC62 – if you are filing for Universal Child Care Benefit Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.

 

I arrived to Canada in 2015, 2014, 2013 or earlier

I have filed taxes before and I need to file for the tax year 2016 (only) using an ITN

Every full time international student with a valid study permit can apply for a SIN.  You should apply for a SIN and file tax retuns using a SIN.

The International Centre does not offer tax review appointments for students with ITNs.  This is because you cannot submit a tax return online using an ITN.

I have filed taxes before and I need to file for the tax year 2016 (only) using a SIN

You must collect the following documents before you start the Netfile program.

If you are missing any of these documents you cannot complete your return.

Document Where to get it
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Your SIN card/letter from Service Canada.

T2202A

OR

 

 

Tuition receipt from language school

Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T2202A Tax Credit Forms.
Select 2016, and open the Printable Version.

Contact your language school

T4

(if you had a job)

Contact your employer if you have not yet received a T4. Most employers will send your T4 to your mailing address.

If your employer is Dalhousie University:
Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Employees.
Click on Tax Forms, then Slips for Income Tax Return.
Select 2016, and open T4/T4A Statement of Remuneration Paid.
Click on Printable Version.

T4A
(if you have a scholarship/bursary/funding from Dalhousie university)
Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students
Click on Canada Tax. Forms, then T4AA Tax Credit Forms.
Select 2016, and open the Printable Version.
Your bank account number, institution number and transit/branch number to allow direct deposit into your bank account Contact your bank branch. Please note the number on your degit/credit card is not your account number.
Medical receipts, if you paid directly for a huge medical expense
Your doctor's office, health clinic, hospital, etc.
Notice of Assessment – confirming that you filed your income tax return for the previous year Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.
T5
(if you earned interest on investments and deposits)
Contact your bank branch.
If you are married, your spouse's documents

Your spouse must also have an ITN/SIN, and if applicable the tax documents stated above.

If your spouse is not in Canada with you, they still need to compelte a tax return.  You willl need their name, date of birth, country of residence and income earned between Janaury 1 and December 31 of the tax year

RC62
(if you are filing for Universal Child Care Benefit)
Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.

I have you been living in Canada for a number of years and never filed taxes before

The International Centre does not offer appointments for students who try to file multiple year tax returns (for all their years in Canada). You will have to go to other tax clinics for assistance. 

If those clinics create errors in your tax return, the International Centre will not fix the errors. You will have to go back to the clinic or business who did your return.  Please note that this is not always possible because some clinics shut down after April 30 of each year.


You will still need the following documents to file multiple year tax returns.

Document Where to get it
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Service Canada is on 6206 Quinpool Road. Your SIN is printed on the letter from Service Canada. It is also printed on your T4.
If you are married, your spouse's SIN or ITN ITN is printed on the ITN letter you recieve after applying for an ITN.
Date you first entered Canada (DD/MM/YY) Found in the Canada entry stamp in your passport OR the issue date of your first study permit.

T2202A

OR

 

 

Tuition receipt from language school

Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T2202A Tax Credit Forms.
Select every year available, and open the Printable Version. You must bring the T2202A for every year you have been in Canada.

Contact your language school.

T4

(if you had a job)

Contact your employer if you have not yet received a T4.

If your employer is Dalhousie University:
Login to Dal Online
Click Web for Employees.
Click on Tax Forms, then Slips for Income Tax Return.
Select each year, and open T4/T4A Statement of Remuneration Paid.
Click on Printable Version.   

T4A
(if you have a scholarship from the university)
Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T4AA Tax Credit Forms.
Select each year, and open the Printable Version.
Your bank account number, institution number and transit/branch number to allow direct deposit into your bank account Contact your bank branch. Please note the number on your debit/credit card IS NOT your bank account number.
Medical receipts, if you paid directly for a huge medical expense 
Your doctor's office, health clinic, hospital, etc.

Notice of Assessment (if you filed your income tax return in a previous year) Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.
T5
(if you earned interest on investments and deposits)
Contact your bank branch.
If you are married, your spouse's documents and spouse's ITN/SIN If applicable your spouse should bring the tax documents stated above. If your spouse is not in Canada with you, they still need to compelte a tax return.  You willl need their name, date of birth, country of residence and income earned between Janaury 1 and December 31 of the tax year
RC62
(if you are filing for Universal Child Care Benefit)
Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.

I have filed taxes before but I missed a year (or more) so I need to file for multiple years

The International Centre does not offer appointments for students who try to file multiple year tax returns (for all their years in Canada). You will have to go to other tax clinics for assistance. 

If those clinics create errors in your tax return, the International Centre will not fix the errors. You will have to go back to the clinic or business who did your return.  Please note that this is not always possible because some clinics shut down after April 30 of each year.


You will still need the following documents to file multiple year tax returns.

Document Where to get it
Social Insurance Number (SIN) Service Canada is on 6206 Quinpool Road. Your SIN is printed on the letter from Service Canada. It is also printed on your T4.
If you are married, your spouse's SIN or ITN ITN is printed on the ITN letter you recieve after applying for an ITN.
Date you first entered Canada (DD/MM/YY) Found in the Canada entry stamp in your passport OR the issue date of your first study permit.

T2202A

OR

 

 

Tuition receipt from language school

Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T2202A Tax Credit Forms.
Select every year available, and open the Printable Version. You must bring the T2202A for every year you have been in Canada.

Contact your language school.

T4

(if you had a job)

Contact your employer if you have not yet received a T4.

If your employer is Dalhousie University:
Login to Dal Online
Click Web for Employees.
Click on Tax Forms, then Slips for Income Tax Return.
Select each year, and open T4/T4A Statement of Remuneration Paid.
Click on Printable Version.   

T4A
(if you have a scholarship from the university)
Login to Dal Online.
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T4AA Tax Credit Forms.
Select each year, and open the Printable Version.
Your bank account number, institution number and transit/branch number to allow direct deposit into your bank account Contact your bank branch. Please note the number on your debit/credit card IS NOT your bank account number.
Medical receipts, if you paid directly for a huge medical expense 
Your doctor's office, health clinic, hospital, etc.

Notice of Assessment (if you filed your income tax return in a previous year) Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.
T5
(if you earned interest on investments and deposits)
Contact your bank branch.
If you are married, your spouse's documents and spouse's ITN/SIN If applicable your spouse should bring the tax documents stated above. If your spouse is not in Canada with you, they still need to compelte a tax return.  You willl need their name, date of birth, country of residence and income earned between Janaury 1 and December 31 of the tax year
RC62
(if you are filing for Universal Child Care Benefit)
Canada Revenue Agency issues this document.

 

 

How to reply to a tuition review request

After filing a tax return, you may receive a letter stating that your tax return is under review and you have 30 days to confirm your tuition amounts.  If you receive this letter you must reply to this tuition review request.

Instructions on how to reply can be found below. You can reply online (recommended) or on paper.

How to reply to a tuition review request online

Step 1 - Print a copy of your T2202A

Login to Dal Online
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T2202A Tax Credit Forms.
Select 2016, and open the Printable Version.

Step 2 - Print out the tuition schedules from your tax return

Open your pdf file of your tax return.  In the navigation, look for the pages with the following titles:

  • Schedule 11 – Tuition, education
  • NS(S11) – Tuition, education

Print out those two pages

Step 3 - Scan your documents into one pdf file

You must scan the T2202A and your tuition schedules into one pdf document.

Step 4 - Log into your CRA MyAccount

Go to cra.gc.ca

Log in to your account and then click on submit documents.

Enter the reference number.  You can find your reference number on the letter from Canada Revenue Agency that asked you to submit your tuition documents.

You can then upload your documents and Canada Revenue Agency will receive them immediately.

How to reply to a tuition review request by paper

Step 1 - Print out a copy of your T2202A

Login to Dal Online
Click Web for Students.
Click on Canada Tax Forms, then T2202A Tax Credit Forms.
Select 2016, and open the Printable Version.

Step 2 - Print out the tuition schedules from your tax return

Open your pdf file of your tax return.  In the navigation, look for the pages with the following titles:

  • Schedule 11 – Tuition, education
  • NS(S11) – Tuition, education

Print out those two pages

Step 3 - Write a letter

Write a letter to the CRA stating your Social Insurance Number and reference number and explain that you are sending your T2202A, and Schedule 11 documents for your tax return review.

The reference number can be found in the top right hand corner of the letter you received from Canada Revenue Agency.  Remember to sign the letter after you have printed it out.

Step 4 - Mail the documents

Mail the T2202A, Schedule 11 – Tuition, education, NS(S11) – Tuition, education and the letter you printed to the address label you were given.  If you do not have a label the address is:
T1 Processing Review Section
Canada Revenue Agency
PO Box 12078
St John’s, NL, A1B 0C2   

OR

If you have a MyAccount on the Canada Revenue Agency website you can upload the documents there.

Additional information

For information about income tax in Canada, contact the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)—International Tax Services Office.