2Session objectiveTo give you important information on how to file an income tax return as a newcomer to Canada.Brief overview of residency and how it affects tax.To tell you about the tools and resources offered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that are available to help you file your tax returns.
3Canada’s tax system Based on residency not on citizenship. Self-assessment system means you are responsible for reporting your income and paying the correct amount of income tax.
4Resident of CanadaAm 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.
5Residential Ties in Canada Dwelling place availableSpouse and/or dependentsPersonal propertyMembershipsEconomic ties
6Residency 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.
7Residency Status Resident Non-Resident Deemed Resident Deemed Non-Resident
8Resident of CanadaAn individual who enters Canada and who has established significant residential ties with Canada.
9Deemed ResidentA 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.
10Non-ResidentA non-resident is a resident of another country who has not established significant residential ties with Canada.
11Deemed Non-ResidentA deemed non-resident is an individual who under a tax treaty is considered a resident of another country.
12More information Where can I get more information? Publication T4055, Newcomers to CanadaPublication T4133, Are you a Newcomer to Canada?Form NR74, Determination of Residency Status (Entering Canada)Interpretation Bulletin IT221R3, Determination of an Individual’s Residence StatusCRA Web site:
13Do you have to file?You owe taxesWe sent you a request to file
14Should you file?You want to claim a refund of tax that has been withheldTuition and education amountsGoods & Services Tax Credit / HarmonizedSales Tax Credit (if eligible)Canada Child Tax Benefit (if eligible)
15Tax PackageThe Canadian tax return comes in two booklets – one is a Guide and the other a Forms booklet. The Forms booklet is for a province or territory.ResidentFile under the province where you normally resided on December 31st 2011
17Income tax return – “Identification” area No social insurance number (SIN)?Contact a Service Canada (SC) office for information about applying for a SIN or visit their website for more information.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.
18No Social Insurance Number (SIN)? Not allowed to get a SIN?File Form T1261,Application for a Canada Revenue Agency Individual Tax Number (ITN)
19Information about your residence Date of entryNewcomers—enter the date you arrived in Canada.We need this information to calculate any benefits that you may be entitled to.
20How 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 website at or by calling
21Be sure this is an address where you can be reached between May and August
22If you are a resident who entered Canada for the first time in 2011, put in your date of entry
24Goods 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; andsend the completed Form RC151 to the tax centre that serves your area.
31You can always refer to the reverse side of a slip for more information
32T4A Other Income research grants Footnote Code 04= Research Grant Scholarships andresearch grants05= Scholarship
33Research Grants (line 104) Report your net research grantSubtract 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”
34Other Income (line 130) Scholarship Bursaries Fellowship Artist Project GrantPrize for Achievement in field of study
35Scholarship 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.
36DeductionsYou may be entitled to deductions which may reduce your taxable income, for example:Moving expensesChild Care expensesOther expenses
38International 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.
39Foreign income Call the International Tax Services Office at: 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.
41Tax 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 refundedRefundable tax credits can be used to reduce the amount of tax you pay to zero and any excess may be refunded
44Calculating 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.
45Example Jane arrived in Canada from Australia on May 6, 2011. 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 $10, = $6,921.86365 days in 2011Jane will enter $6, on line 300 of her Schedule 1.
46Claim 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.
47Tuition, education, and textbook amount Use Schedule 11Take the information from T2202A
50Textbook AmountsYou 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.
51Public Transit Passes Amount You can claim the cost of monthly public transit passes if you had Canadian source income during the year.Public transit includes transit by local bus, streetcar, subway, commuter train or bus, and local ferry.Receipts – Keep all your receipts and passes in case we ask to see them.
52Canada Employment Amount All employees are eligible to claim an employment tax credit.Claim the lesser of:$1,065; andthe amount reported at lines 101 and 104 of your return.
54Filing Date On or before April 30th On or before June 15th for self-employed individualIn all cases, any outstanding balance is due on or before April 30th
55Mailing Your Return Newcomers should send their tax return to: International Tax Services OfficePost Office Box 9769, Station TOttawa ON K1G 3Y4
56T1 AdjustmentsReassessment requests should be sent using form T1-ADJ or with a detailed letterDo not send in an amended returnFor the years you are required to send your tax return to the International Tax Services Office, you must also send your reassessment requests for those same years to the International Tax Services Office
57Canada Child Tax Benefit As a newcomer, you:Need to complete Form RC66, Canada Child Tax Benefit Application; andMay have to complete Schedule RC66SCH, Status in Canada/Statement of IncomeSend your completed forms to the tax centre that serves your area.
58More information For more information, you can call toll free , or go to our Website at