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Income Tax Information

Even if you have no income to report or tax to pay, you may be eligible for certain payments or credits. In order to receive these payments or credits, you must file an income tax return.

We will offer free tax clinics to all international students on campus. As a resident of Canada for part or all of a tax year (January 1 to December 31), you must file a tax return if you:

  • owe tax; or
  • want to receive a refund because you paid too much tax in a tax year.

You must file an income tax return to receive credits such as:

  • The GST/HST credit(goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax)
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit payments
  • Provincial or Territorial tax credits.

Canadian Income Tax Clinics for International Students

July 7 11:30AM-1:30PM

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Our volunteers will help you to complete your Canadian Income Tax Return.

Make sure to bring all the necessary documentation with you to get your tax refunds ready, the clinic are free and all located in the ISC.

Please bring the following documents with you:

  1. T2202A - Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate (Available on SIS)
  2. Rent Receipts
  3. T4 - Statement of Remuneration
  4. T4A - Statement of Other Income
  5. Medical and Donation Receipts
  6. Passport
  7. USB Flash Drive
  8. SIN or Individual Tax Number
  9. Bank information for direct deposit (a blank cheque will do)

For other examples, please see "Do you have to file a return?" in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide.

Resident VS Non-Resident / International Students in Canada

For income tax purposes, international students studying in Canada are considered to be one of the following types of residents*:

  • resident (includes students who reside in Canada only part of the year) Most students are in this category
  • non-resident
  • deemed resident
  • deemed non-resident

* Most international students will be resident or deemed resident

Your residency status is based on the residential ties you have with Canada. For more information, please see IT-221, Determination of an Individual's Residence Status.

What if I don't have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)? 

  • If you don't have a SIN you'll have to complete the following form and have it signed by a professor or the International Student Advisor (ISA). You need to bring your actual passport and a photocopy of your passport and Study Permit:

 

Application for a Canada Revenue Agency Individual Tax Number (ITN) for Non-Residents  T1261

If this is the first time you are filling for a tax return, there are some important points to know. All relevant steps are covered in our annual information session and this website: Newcomers to Canada.

Mailing your Tax Return:

If it is your first time doing your taxes, please send it to the following :

International Tax Services Office
Post Office Box 9769, Station T
Ottawa ON  K1G 3Y4
CANADA

1-800-267-5177 (from Canada and the U.S.) or
(613) 952-3741 for calls overseas (collect calls accepted)

For everybody else who lived in Windsor:

Winnipeg Tax Centre
66 Stapon Road
Winnipeg MB  R3C 3M2

Local CRA Office:

Office Hours: 8:15 - 4:30

* Service is by appointment only.

Windsor Tax Services Office
185 Ouellette Avenue
N9A 5S8
1-800-959-8281 (within Canada only)

GST Credits - 1-800-959-1953

On the website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html

For further Information:

Go to the Canada Revenue Agency website and search for the following publications:

Tax Forms

5000-G
(T1)

General Forms Book for Ontario

5013-G

General Income Tax and Benefit Guide for Non-Residents and Deemed Residents of Canada

T1261

Application for a Canada Revenue Agency Individual Tax Number (ITN) for Non-Residents

T4055

Newcomers to Canada

T1-M

Moving Expenses Deduction

NR74

Determination of Residency Status (Entering Canada)

RC151

GST/HST Credit Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada

Schedule 11

Schedule 11 - Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts

P105

Students and Income Tax

IT-221R3

Determination of an Individual’s Residence Status

IT-75R4

Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries, Prizes, Research Grants and Financial Assistance.


This information is from the Canada Revenue Agency website for International Students in Canada


This information is intended for current University of Windsor students only.