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International Tax Services Office. Welcome to Canada International Students. Session objective. To give you important information on how to file an income tax return as a newcomer to Canada.

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international tax services office

International Tax Services Office

Welcome to Canada

International Students

session objective
Session objective
  • To give you important information on how to file an income tax return as a newcomer to Canada.
  • To tell you about Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) services that can help you and where you can get more information.
  • Brief overview of residency and how it affects tax.
canada s tax system
Canada’s tax system
  • Based on your residency not on your citizenship.
  • Self-assessment system means you are responsible for reporting your income and paying the correct amount of income tax.
residential ties in canada
Residential Ties in Canada
  • Dwelling place available
  • Spouse and/or dependents
  • Personal property
  • Memberships
  • Economic ties
resident of canada
Resident of Canada

Am I a resident of Canada for tax and credit purposes?

  • At the Canada Revenue Agency, we consider you to be a resident of Canada for tax and credit purposes when you establish residential ties in Canada.
  • You usually establish these ties on the date you arrive in Canada.

Why is residency important?

  • A resident of Canada pays tax in Canada on his or her world income.
  • You must be a resident of Canada to be eligible for social benefits (GSTC and CCTB).
  • A resident of Canada can claim all deductions and credits that apply to them to reduce their tax.
residency status
Residency Status
  • Resident
  • Non-Resident
  • Deemed Resident
  • Deemed Non-Resident
resident of canada1
Resident of Canada
  • An individual who enters Canada and who has established significant residential ties with Canada.
deemed resident
Deemed Resident
  • A deemed resident is a resident of another country who has sojourned in Canada for 183 days or more in a calendar year and has not established significant residential ties with Canada.
non resident
  • A non-resident is a resident of another country who has not established significant residential ties with Canada.
deemed non resident
Deemed Non-Resident
  • A deemed non-resident is an individual who under a tax treaty is considered a resident of another country.
more information
More information

Where can I get more information?

  • Publication T4055, Newcomers to Canada
  • Publication T4133, Are you a Newcomer to Canada?
  • Form NR74, Determination of Residency Status (Entering Canada)
  • Interpretation Bulletin IT221R3, Determination of an Individual’s Residence Status
  • CRA Web site:

do you have to file
Do you have to file?
  • You owe taxes
  • We sent you a request to file
should you file
Should you file?
  • You want to claim a refund of tax that has been withheld
  • Tuition and education amounts
  • Goods & Services Tax Credit / Harmonized

Sales Tax Credit (if eligible)

  • Canada Child Tax Benefit (if eligible)
tax package
Tax Package
  • The Canadian tax return comes in two booklets – one is a Guide and the other a Forms booklet. The Forms booklet should be for a province or territory.
  • Resident

for the province where you normally resided on December 31st 2008

income tax return identification area
Income tax return – “Identification” area

No social insurance number (SIN)?

  • Contact a Social Development Canada (SDC) office for information about applying for a SIN.

Can I use my expired 900 SIN to file my income tax return?

  • Yes—you can use your expired 900 SIN to file your income tax return.
no social insurance number sin
No Social Insurance Number (SIN)?

Not allowed to get a SIN?

  • File Form T1261,

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

information about your residence
Information about your residence

Date of entry

  • Newcomers—enter the date you arrived in Canada.
  • We need this information to calculate any benefits that you may be entitled to.
how long in canada
How long in Canada?

Did you become a resident of Canada before last year?

  • If you became a resident before last year, you should file an income tax return for each year you lived in Canada.
  • You should put your date of entry only on the tax return for your first year in Canada.
  • You can get tax returns for previous years on our Web site at, or by calling


world income
World Income
  • This is taxable from your date of entry.
  • Report world income in Canadian dollars.
  • Exchange rates are available from the Bank of Canada at:
information slips
Information Slips
  • T4 Employment Income
  • T4A Other Income
  • T5 Statement of Investment Income
  • T2202A Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate
teacher research assistants
Teacher – Research Assistants
  • Report employment income at line 101
  • See your T4 slip









t4a other income
T4A Other Income

Footnote Code

04= Research Grant

Scholarships and

05= Scholarship

research grants

research grants line 104
Research Grants (line 104)

Report your net research grant

    • Subtract your expenses from your grant;
    • Your expenses cannot be more than your grant;
    • Attach to your return a list of your expenses.
  • For more information see IT-75 “Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries, Prizes, and Research Grants”
other income line 130
Other Income (line 130)
  • Scholarship
  • Bursaries
  • Fellowship
  • Artist Project Grant
  • Prize for Achievement in field of study
scholarship income 2006 and future years
Scholarship Income 2006 and future years
  • The full amount of scholarships, fellowships,or bursaries that are received by you as a student if you are entitled to the education amount (see line 323) are no longer reported as income on your tax return.
  • If you are not eligible for the education amount, report on line 130 only the amount that is more than $500.
scholarship income line 130 2005 and previous years
Scholarship Income (line 130)2005 and previous years
  • Report the total amount of the scholarship income minus $3,000 if you are entitled to the education amount (see line 323);otherwise
  • Report the total amount of the scholarship income minus $500.
  • Deductions (e.g., child-care expenses, union dues) are deducted from your total income.
  • Some deductions may not apply to you for your first year in Canada. For example, a newcomer cannot deduct movingexpenses to move into Canada.
international students and moving expenses
International students and moving expenses

An international student can deduct moving expenses if he or she is:

  • Attending post-secondary courses in Canada as a full-time student and;
  • Receiving taxable-award income (e.g., scholarship) after the move. You cannot deduct moving expenses against non-taxable scholarship, fellowship, and bursary income.
  • See Form T1-M for more information.
foreign income
Foreign income

Are there exemptions under a tax treaty?

  • Call the International Tax Services Office at:


  • Do I have to pay tax in both countries?

See “Federal foreign tax credit,” line 405, on Schedule 1.

tax credits help reduce the amount of tax you pay
Tax Credits Help Reduce the Amount of Tax You Pay –
  • Non-refundable tax credits can only be used to reduce the amount of tax you pay to zero and any excess cannot be refunded
  • Refundable tax credits can be used to reduce the amount of tax you pay to zero and any excess may be refunded
Non-Refundable Tax Credits

Personal amounts

Tuition fees

Education amount

Medical expenses


Tax Credits

Provincial property tax credit

Sales tax credit

calculating federal non refundable tax credits
Calculating federal non-refundable tax credits
  • You may have to prorate your non-refundable tax credits based on the number of days you are resident in Canada.
  • The rules are the same for calculating provincial or territorial non-refundable tax credits.

Jane arrived in Canada from Australia on

May 6, 2008.

She entered “05-06” in the Identification area of her return. She calculated that from May 6 to December 31 there were 240 days.

Jane claims the basic personal amount calculated as follows:

240 days in Canada x $9,600.00 = $6,312.33

365 days in 2008

Jane will enter $6,312.33 on line 300 of her Schedule 1.

claim full non refundable tax credits
Claim full non-refundable tax credits?
  • Yes—if you have no income for the part of the year that you were not a resident of Canada.
  • Yes—if you meet the 90% rule for the part of the year you were not resident in Canada.
  • You must attach a note to your return showing your world income for the part of the year you were not resident in Canada.
tuition education and textbook amount
Tuition, education, and textbook amount
  • Use Schedule 11
  • Take the information from T2202A

Months full-time

Months part-time

Tuition Fees

textbook amount 2006 and future years
Textbook amount 2006 and future years

You are eligible to claim an amount for textbooks only if you are entitled to claim the education amount.

The amount is:

  • $65 for each month you qualify for the full-time education amount; and
  • $20 for each month you qualify for the part-time education amount.
public transit passes amount
Public Transit Passes Amount

For transit after June 30, 2006, you can claim the cost of monthly public transit passes.

Public transit includestransit by local bus, streetcar, subway, commuter train or bus, and local ferry.

Receipts – Keep all your receipts andpasses in case we ask to see them.

canada employment amount
Canada Employment Amount

All employees are eligible to claim an employment tax credit.

Claim the lesser of:

  • $1,000; and
  • the amount reported at line 101 of your return.
goods and services tax harmonized sales tax credit
Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax Credit

As a newcomer, you should:

  • complete Form RC151, GST/HST Credit Application for Individuals Who Become Residents of Canada; and
  • send the completed Form RC151 to the tax centre that serves your area.
canada child tax benefit
Canada Child Tax Benefit

As a newcomer, you:

  • Need to complete Form RC66, Canada Child Tax Benefit Application; and
  • May have to complete Schedule RC66SCH, Status in Canada/Statement of Income
  • Send your completed forms to the tax centre that serves your area.
filing date
Filing Date
  • On or before April 30th
  • On or before June 15th for self-employed individual
  • In all cases, any outstanding balance is due on or before April 30th
more information1
More information

Newcomers should send their tax return to:

International Tax Services Office

2204 Walkley Road

Ottawa ON K1A 1A8

For more information, you can call toll free

1-800-267-5177, or go to our Web site at