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?

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has developed an online tutorial with more details on filing taxes for international students. Be sure to watch as it addresses many common questions pertaining to taxes.

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

The ISSO also provides a brief overview of tax information details. Please check in at the ISSO to pick up a brochure.

Where can you complete your tax return?

1. Free Taxes Clinics at Carleton

Each year the Sprott School of Business students offer free tax clinics in March. The 2017 clinic dates will be posted shortly.

2. Local Tax Offices

You can research various local tax office services to see who can best assist you (there is a fee). For example, H&R Block offers a student rate to do your taxes.

3. File Your Own

It is an option to file your own taxes, using online software or filling out paper forms. For example, UFile.ca is an online service for preparing and filing your taxes.

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
  • Bus passes (print the UPass receipt from Carleton Central)