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Income tax makes up the majority of the federal and provincial budget. It funds our social services like health care and education and other things we need like roads and transit. In simplified terms, income tax is structured so that the more you make, the more you pay. And if you make very little, like the majority of students, you’ll pay nothing and still get money refunded to you!

 

The UTSU hosts an annual tax clinic that helps 600 students every year file their taxes for FREE. For many students it is the first time they are filing – so if you’re nervous don’t be – this is normal! Our volunteer students are trained through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, many from the Rotman School of Business, to assist you through the tax filing process. In response to COVID-19 we’re hosting the clinics virtually through zoom. 

Whether you earn income or not, and especially if you are over the age of 18, it is beneficial for you to file income taxes.

If you are older than that and you’re just learning about the benefits of filing income tax RIGHT NOW it’s ok! The UTSU runs a back tax program where you can file your taxes for the years 2016-2019.

You can book an appointment to schedule your back taxes here.

Starting on March 22 you can book an appointment to schedule your 2020 taxes here

If you’re a family (e.g. married, common-law) please email services@utsu.ca to schedule your appointment instead of booking it online.

Documents to have for your appointment (If Applicable):

  • Photo ID (Required)
  • Most recent Notice of Assessment (note: only for people who previously filed taxes)
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)  (Required to EFILE)
  • T4 – Salary/wages (T4 provided by employer)
  • T4A – Scholarships, bursaries
  • T2202 – Tuition fees and education amount (get it from ACORN)
  • T5 – Investment income
  • RRSP contributions
  • Charitable contributions
  • Medical expenses (not covered by a medical plan)
  • Property taxes or rent paid (rent cheques or a letter from your landlord)
  • For international students, date of arrival to Canada
  • For parents, a list of your dependents, exact dates of birth, and SINs, spouse, partner info

(This list will be emailed to you when you book your appointment or you can download a PDF version here)

Notes: Appointments are first come first served. If you visit the booking site and no appointments are available please check back as our volunteer’s availability will change from day to day.

UTSU tax volunteers may assist with simple tax situations only, we may be unable to help when: a student makes more than $40,000 annually; are self-employed; have capital gains or losses; has foreign or interest income over $1000; individual has declared bankruptcy; or $1000 or more appears in Box 48 on T4 form.

People looking to file for family members must have their family members (and their relevant documentation) present at the appointment. Newcomers to Canada should have their date of arrival to Canada and immigration status available.

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