Canadian tax system
Filing taxes as an international student
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In Canada, completing an income tax form and sending it to the government is referred to as filing a tax return. You must file a tax return if you:
- Earned income from employment.
- Received a scholarship, bursary or fellowship while in Canada.
By filing your tax return, you are often eligible for a refund if you have had any of the following income or expenses during the tax year:
- Income from assistantships such as a Tutorial Assistant (TA) or Resident Advisor (RA).
- Rent expenses off campus.
- Salary or hourly pay (company issued T4 slip).
- Scholarships (university-issued T4A slip).
- Tuition (you must get a T2202A form issued by the university).
- U-Pass (transit pass issued by the university).
In Canada, the tax year goes from January 1 to December 31. Income tax forms must be completed and submitted by April 30 of the following year. For example, you must mail your completed tax forms for the 2016 tax year (January 1 to December 31, 2016) by Sunday, April 30, 2017.