Income Tax FAQs
1. I arrived in Canada prior to this tax year but I have never filed a return before.
Students who are filing a tax return for the first time must mail their tax return to one of two offices of the CRA (scroll down after clicking the link to find office addresses). The CRA office in which you send your income tax return application is dependent on what country you are from. A separate return for each year in Canada must be completed. If you use tax software such as Ufile, all forms must be printed and mailed to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Subsequent year returns may be submitted through Netfile. You must include one world income statement reporting your income from sources between January 1 of the first year you arrived in Canada to the date you arrived in Canada. This amount for most international students is $0.
You may file multiple years using UFILE and select the earliest year to begin filing. When you use one Ufile account on a year to year basis, the software automatically carries forward your unused tuition and education amounts. You can always refer back to your tax years by reviewing and saving the pdf file that Ufile creates. Note: Begin with your first year in Canada so the education amounts will accumulate each year.
2. Which part of my Canadian scholarship is tax exempt? 100%
3. How do I file a return if I finished my degree and have moved home (outside Canada)?
You must figure out your residency status prior to filing. You may see THIS LINK for details.
Note: Indicate that you were a non resident on December 31, 20XX.
You have to indicate your departure date from Canada on the first page of your T1 after you print it. Also don't forget to sign and date page 4 of your T1 and mail to the CRA (scroll down after you click the previous link to find office locations).
You are also supposed to prorate all your nonrefundable tax credits but don't worry since it shouldn't affect your final numbers (unless you earned a lot of income).
For more information about international students and tax filing please see THIS LINK.
4. I filed my taxes last year but I didn't report my tuition amount. How do I report it now?
You must file an adjustment and complete Schedule 11. Refer to THIS LINK
5. I have an ITN number which starts with "0" so I can't Netfile. What do I do?
If this is not your first year filing, you can mail or drop off your return to one of the two tax offices (dependent on what country you are from). See THIS LINK.
6. I am earning income or have foreign property in my home country. How should I report this?
7. My spouse has never come to Canada.
Report income information only in UFILE. A separate tax return is not required to be completed or filed for your spouse.
8. I am able to Netfile but my spouse who has never filed a tax return is not able to Netfile.
File your tax return online and mail your spouse's to the Canada Revenue Agency (one of two offices which is dependent on what country you are from).
9. I have received a scholarship from a source in my home country. Is it necessary to report this information?
Scholarships received from sources outside of Canada are non-taxable in Canada and do not need to be included as part of your Canadian Income Tax Return.
10. How do I receive the Canada Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
If a person has dependants and has applied for the CCB, you must be here with your child for 18 months before you can apply. See THIS LINK for details.
11. Do I need to file a tax return if I arrived in Canada in late December?
Yes you still need to file a tax return.
12. Since I made over $20,000 in the current tax year, will it cost me to file with Ufile?
No. Ufile has an agreement with the Canadian Federation of Students to provide students with free tax returns. Use the promotional code CFS1981.