Learn more about the income tax return process from the Canada Revenue Agency. Information changes annually and you should check for notices and announcements each time you file a return.
File a tax return
If you work while you go to university, you are required to complete income tax forms and submit them to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In Canada, we call this process "filing a return." Tax returns are filed either online or by completing and mailing a paper-based return. In your first and last year in Canada, you will not be able to complete a tax return online. You will have to complete a paper-based tax return and send it to the Canada Revenue Agency.
If you have no income to report or were not specifically asked by the Canada Revenue Agency to file a tax return, you are not required to complete tax forms, but you may be eligible for certain benefits or credits. We recommend that all international students file a tax return each year, even if you do not work. Tuition is tax deductible, and if you work in Canada after you graduate, you may be able to carry forward all or part of your tuition, education and textbook amounts to use in a future year.
Social Insurance Number
You will need a social insurance number (SIN) to work in Canada and to file a tax return. If you want to file a tax return and you do not have a SIN, you must apply for a SIN or for an Individual Tax Number (ITN) for non-residents.
Tax receipts from MacEwan University
MacEwan Accounting Club tax clinics
The MacEwan Accounting Club runs tax clinics in March and April each year. Watch for clinic dates in MacEwan International newsletters and get help completing your tax return.