International Student in Canada? Your Income Tax Questions Answered...

If you moved to Canada in 2019 or earlier as an International Student, you need to file your tax returns.

You can feel confident and secure filing your taxes at H&R Block. They have helped millions of Canadians file their taxes accurately for over 55 years. 

H&R Block has rigorous security protocols and checks to keep your information safe, secure, private, and confidential.

The team of professionals at every office makes you feel welcome, shares their knowledge with you, listens and explains things clearly, and provide great value for your money. Also, over 50 languages are spoken fluently in their offices across the country.

The H&R Block tax professionals and franchise owners in each H&R Block office not only work, but often live in the local communities they serve. You may bump into then at your local grocery store.

Together with H&R Block, we have put together the most important things you need to know below:

The deadline for filing Individual T1 returns that were due on April 30, 2020 has been extended to June 1, 2020.

For self-employed individuals or those who have spouses or common-law partners that are self-employed, the deadline to pay any balance due for your individual income tax and benefit return has been deferred to August 31, 2020, however your income tax and benefit returns still needs to be filed by June 15, 2020.

Every tax situation is different, but in general an international student would want to claim tuition expenses and moving expenses. In addition, if you are employed, you could claim professional or union dues. There are also provincial student credits that may be available depending on where you live or are going to school.

You can claim moving expenses if you moved to be a student in full-time attendance in a post-secondary program at a university, college, or other educational institution (including co-operative students).

Most people in Canada will have to file a tax return, even if they made no income.

When you file your tax returns even if you don’t yet have a job or earned income, you can still cash in on tax breaks and credits.

For instance, the child tax benefit is available for most Canadian parents regardless of employment status. You can also claim things like medical expenses, educational expenses, and childcare expenses. The more expenses you can write off, the greater chance you’ll get a refund.

It is important to make sure you have all the receipts and income records you need before you get started on your taxes. H&R Block has a handy checklist that lists everything you should have on hand to file your taxes. See the link to the Tax Checklist below.

To stay in good standing with the CRA you should file your taxes every year. You must file a tax return if you owe on taxes or want to receive a refund. You may have had too much tax deducted from your pay cheque and/or not benefited from all the deductions and tax credits you were entitled to. To recover that money, you have to file. Also, if you owe on your taxers and do not file then you will incur interest on what is owed.

Filing your taxes unlocks benefits and refundable credits that you will not get if you don’t file. Like the Child Tax Benefit, working income tax benefit, Climate Action Incentive or GST credits. Filing also creates contribution room in your RRSP and allows you to carry forward, or transfer to a family member, any unused tuition or education amounts

Yes, H&R Block has a Free Second Look program that allows you to have up to three of your past returns reviewed to see if they can find money you or others missed. And they’ll do it for free. Get the details of this Free 2nd Look service in the link below.

Your best option is to drop in an H&R Block office near you and speak to one of their Tax Experts. You can easily find an office location HERE.

Over 1,100 locations across Canada

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Helpful Tools & Solutions

Use this simple income tax calculator for an idea of what your return will look like this year. You’ll get a rough estimate of how much you’ll get back or what you’ll owe.

Before you get started on your taxes, make sure you download this checklist to make sure you get every tax credit and deduction you’re entitled to.

These articles will help you understand the tax opportunities that apply to you.

With Free Second Look, H&R Block will  review up to three of your past returns looking for money that others missed.

And they’ll do it for free.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you discover an H&R Block error on your return that reduced your refund (or increased your liability), they will amend the return at no additional charge to correct their error. 

If H&R Block makes an error in the preparation of your tax return that costs you any interest or penalties on additional taxes due, although they do not assume the liability for the additional taxes, they will reimburse you for the interest and penalties. 

H&R Block has over 7,000 tax professionals across the country that complete almost 2 million tax returns every year.

An H&R Block average tax expert has 9 years of tax preparation experience and 738 hours of tax training. Their year-one tax professionals receive more than 72 hours of training at the H&R Block Tax Academy before they see their first client.

You can read more about the H&R Block Tax Academy HERE.

There are also over 50 languages that are spoken fluently in their offices across the country.

The H&R Block tax professionals and franchise owners in each H&R Block office not only work, but often live in the local communities they serve. You may bump into then at your local grocery store.

H&R Block was founded on principles of trust, integrity and the delivery of outstanding products and services which has stood the test of time for over 55 years.

H&R Block has a a range of business procedures and security safeguards to ensure that your personal information is kept confidential, safe and secure no matter where, when, or how you complete your return.

Your personal information is kept confidential, safe and secure and is used only in accordance with their Privacy Policy or as otherwise consented to by you.

Yes, many of H&R Block’s 1,100+ offices are open year-round. Visit the office locator webpage HERE.

If your local H&R Block office is closed outside of the tax season, you can call the toll free line 1-800-472-5625 to find the office nearest to you that is open all year round.

Over 2 million tax returns get reassessed every year in Canada and no matter how accurately you complete your return, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Revenu Québec (RQ) may still review and audit it.

With H&R Block’s Audit Assistance and Audit Representation service, one of their tax professionals will be beside you from the moment you receive a CRA/RQ assessment or audit, helping you through the entire process.

Read about H&R Block’s Peace of Mind® Extended Service Plan HERE.

H&R Block as Canada’s Tax Experts, knows how to get you the maximum refund because they’ve been at it for more than 55 years and have done more than 50 million tax returns. 

They offer a Maximum Refund Guarantee, Year-round service, and Audit assistance.

The team at every office makes you feel welcome, shares their knowledge with you, listens and to explain things clearly, and provide great value for your money.

You can read about the H&R Block Advantage HERE.

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