Tax Clinics

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Each year, UTSU helps over 600 students file their taxes at its annual tax clinic that provides members with FREE 1-on-1 assistance from student volunteers (who have completed Canada Revenue Agency training). In response to COVID-19, virtual appointments will be held over Zoom.

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

Book your 2020 tax appointment

Appointments for 2020 tax filing available from April 6-May 4

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, the 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 today.

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; the individual has declared bankruptcy or $1000 or more appears in Box 48 on the 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.

The clinics are held in partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) who provides training for volunteers under the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. This free service is reliant on volunteer participation and runs roughly 6 weeks.

Students who wish to volunteer with this service can send in resumes starting in December by emailing: services@utsu.ca.

The Canadian Federation of Students and UFile ONLINE have joined together to provide FREE online tax preparation and filing for all Canadian post-secondary students. To be eligible for this special offer, the student must be a resident of Canada, have tuition fees and have attended school for at least one month during the tax year being prepared.

To access the free UFile tax service:

  1. Student signs in to a new or existing UFile account for the current tax year.
  2. Enter tuition fees and months at school and click NEXT.
  3. Scroll to locate the “Special offer” form in UFile’s left-hand navigation.
  4. Enter the following Canadian Federation of Students “Free for Students” special offer code: CFS1981 and click NEXT.
  5. Enter tax information and then print or NETFILE the income tax return.

APUSUTGSU also runs a FREE Tax Clinic for their members – services@apus.ca.

If a student will transfer tuition credits to their parents or grandparents, they may prefer to have their tax return completed together with theirs. Tuition credits that are not used or transferred to a supporting person in the current year will be carried forward by UFile for future use by the student.

Other free tax clinics may be researched (by location) on the Canada Revenue Agency website by searching “Find a tax clinic in your area.”

For more information contact hello@utsu.ca