The ISSO is unable to provide advice on income tax matters to individual students. The information provided below is intended to be a brief overview and introduction to the Canadian tax system. As an international student, you are encouraged to seek advice from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), or from a qualified income tax specialist. 

Do international students have to file taxes in Canada?

International students can find more details on whether or not you should be submitting a tax return.

Watch the webinar created by the CRA specifically for international students that provides more information and guidelines about taxes, benefits and credits available for international students studying in Canada

Where can you complete your tax return?

1. Off Campus Tax Clinic

The Sprott Tax Students’  Association is hosting an off-campus tax clinic at two locations:

a.  Friday, April 5, 2024 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Where:  Riverside United Church, 3191 Riverside Dr., Ottawa ON

b.  Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Where:   Blackburn Hamlet Community Hall, 190 Glen Park Dr., Gloucester ON

For more information and to book an appointment click here

To file your taxes with the tax clinic, you must first fill out the tax clinic’s client intake form. Once you fill out this form, STSAs’ tax clinic team will review it to determine the complexity of your tax return and whether it is within the scope of the tax clinic. You will receive an email indicating whether your tax return is simple enough to be filed with the tax clinic and you will then be given a link to book an appointment.

Disclaimer: Students are required to submit the intake form for an initial assessment by the Sprott Tax Students’ Association (STSA). Please note that a submission does not guarantee your taxes will be filed by the clinic as each submission is reviewed by the team.

Note: All tax returns are filed at no cost. The tax clinic is run as a free community service.

For any questions, please reach out to director.custsa@gmail.com

2. Local Tax Offices

You do not need to pay an accountant to complete your taxes as this can often be quite expensive, but if you choose to do so, you can go to a professional.  There are also companies who will prepare your return for a fee, such as H&R Block.

You can look for free tax filing services normally available to low income earners at local community centres.

3. File Your Own

You can file your taxes using online software or filling out paper forms. For example, UFile.ca is an online service for preparing and filing your taxes. There are certified tax softwares recommended by the Government of Canada.

If you require more information:

International Tax Services Office  1-800-267-5177

GST Credits   1-800-959-1953

Canada Revenue Agency for forms, publications and more information see CRA’s Student Guide 

Documents you may need in order to file your taxes:

  • SIN Card
  • T4 slips (if you work)
  • T4A slips
  • T2202 (print from Carleton Central)
  • Donation receipts
  • Rent receipts