Income Tax Clinic for International Students
Every year, the International and Exchange Student Centre offers a FREE Drop-In Income Tax Clinic for Western's International Students and their spouses/common-law partners.
Dates: Monday, March 10 - Friday March 28, 2014 (Monday to Friday)
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.(Note: please arrive before 3:00 p.m. if you would like to be assisted)
Location: Dr. David S. H. Chu International Student Centre, Room 2130, WSS
A few things to note:
Volunteers will be available to help you get started (e.g., determining residency status, what forms to use), answer any questions you may have, and teach you the process of how to complete a Canadian income tax return. Please note that volunteers will NOT be completing the forms for you. If you have specific questions while completing your form, we can help you.
- The Income Tax Clinic is staffed by volunteers trained by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Students will be helped by our trained volunteers on a first-come, first-serve basis (no appointments needed).
- Each tax return will take approximately 1 hour to file.
- If this is your first time filing a Canadian Tax Return, you will have to file a paper return (i.e., you will not be able to file online for your taxes)
- IESC's Income Tax Clinic for international students will only assist with paper returns. We are not able to e-file (file electronically) a tax return for you.
- Please be sure to bring all items listed below that are applicable to you.
IESC’s Income Tax Clinic for International Students is a registered community partner under the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).
Who can be helped during the Income Tax Clinic for International Students?
The International and Exchange Student Centre's Tax Clinic for International Students is able to assist current Western University International Students, Western University students who are new Permanent Residents filing their taxes for the first time, and their spouses/common-law partners, who have low income and simple, non-complex tax situations.
Our tax clinic follows the suggested eligibility guidelines of Canada Revenue Agency's Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).
Our volunteers are only able to assist with the current tax year's tax return.
What documents should I bring with me to the Income Tax Clinic?
Please bring the following applicable documents with you to the income tax clinic:
- Western University Student Card
- Individual Tax Number (ITN) letter or Social Insurance Number (SIN) - if you have one already
- Notice of Assessment - if you filed your income taxes last year
- T4 - if you worked in Canada and had employment income (issued by your employer)
- T4A - if you received any Canadian scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, or research grants (issued by the University)
- T2202A - eligible tuition amount (can be downloaded from the Student Centre website)
- T5 or T3 - if you earned interest on investments and deposits (issued by banking and financial institutions)
- Rent receipts - You should ask your landlord for a receipt for your rent for the period of January 1 - December 31. Students living at an on-campus resdience do not require any receipts
- Medical Expense Receipts - receipts of any prescriptions you purchased, cost of your UHIP and USC/SOGS Health Plans (from your Tuition Statement of Account)
- Other Possible Receipts and Expenses - bus pass, daycare expenses, donations, etc.
- Direct Deposit Information or VOID Cheque (information required from your bank: Account #, Branch #, & Institution #), necessary to set-up direct deposit of your tax refund
Relevant forms and guides will be available at the Income Tax Clinic for International Students. Alternatively, you can pick up Income Tax Return Package at any Canada Post Office.
The Deadline to complete and mail your Income Tax Form is April 30th of each year (for the period of January to December of the previous year).