You may be eligible for a refund or some benefits from the Canadian government!
At Guelph, there is a team of volunteers who dedicate their time to assist you in filing your income tax return. Everything will be done on the computer and if you are eligible for eFile (electronically filing your return), the volunteers will help you with that. If you are not eligible for eFile, you will have to mail your return.
You are not eligible for eFile if: you moved to Canada in the year for which you are filing; you usually do your taxes but did not do them last year; or you don't have a social insurance number.
Where to Send Your Tax Return
For first-time filers, you should mail your return to Canada's International Tax Office in Ottawa.
International Tax Services Office
102A-2204 Walkley Road
If you have filed in the past, you and live in this area, then should mail it to the CRA Tax Centre in Prince Edward Island.
Canada Revenue Agency Tax Centre
105 - 275 Pope Road
Summerside PE C1N 6E8
If you are using an address outside of the Kitchener, Waterloo or Guelph area, please see the Canada Revenue Agency Page for a list of addresses where to mail your return.
What to Bring
Here are the documents that you will require to bring with you to the session. Please note: NOT all of the documents will be applicable to you.
- Your Notice of Assessment for 2011 (only if you have filed a 2011 tax return). This would have been mailed to you when you were issued your refund last year. If you do not have it with you, it will be fine to come to the clinic without it.
- T2202A - Tuition and Education (print from Webadvisor),
- T4 (if you worked in Canada, get this from your employer)
- T4A (if you have received a scholarship, bursary, any other income)
- RC62 (if you received child care benefits in the past),
- T3 T5 T5007 (interest investment income)
- Charitable Donations (receipts required)
- Medical/Dental Expenses not covered by your health plan (i.e. out of pocket expenses)
- Rent receipts (be sure to get this from your landlord). If you live in residence or Family Housing, you do not need to provide a receipt - just let the volunteer know which residence you live in
- Property Taxes (if you own a house)
- Child Care Expenses
- RRSP Contributions
- Transit passes (the student bus pass does not count. These are for those of you who may have monthly or weekly passes ONLY for Guelph Transit, GO transit, Greyhound etc)
- Children's Activity Receipts (please see link above)
Social Insurance Number (or Tax Number)
You can file your taxes even if you don't have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) . You need to fill out the T1261 form to get an International Tax Number. You are only issued one number thus if you have been issued one in a previous year, you will use it again for filing your 2012 return (unless you have been later issued a SIN).
For those of you who need the tax number, please print and complete the T1261 form and make the required copies. You will need to get these copies notarized. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about a notary public who can assist you with this. This form is to be mailed with your tax return (please do not mail it before as suggested).
File on Your Own (uFile.ca)
If you would like to try to do your taxes on your own, you can use the Ufile software (ufile.ca) which is free for students or you can visit http://www.reviews.com/online-tax-software to find a software that works for you.