Income Tax Clinic

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Western’s student tax clinic is hosted by your USC, and takes place every year in March.

It is a free income-tax filing service facilitated by our team of CRA-certified and trained student volunteers. 

Following the USC and Western’s guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clinic will be hosted virtually via Zoom. By agreeing to participate in this virtual Clinic, you are consenting to the use of your image on a third-party application (Zoom) for the purpose of completing the tax filing process by video. About the CRA Community Volunteer Program.

Do I need to file my taxes?

Every Canadian resident should file their taxes – this includes students with no income and students who are dependents of parents or guardians. Even if you earned no income, you could still receive a substantial tax refund by filing your taxes, such as the GST/HST credit. You can also claim your tuition and rent credits, which are available to all students.

Many students are included in their parents’ tax returns. Although it isn’t obligatory for you to file for yourself a second time, it is good practice to begin filing your own returns, especially if you earn income. Filing provides a good foundation for developing personal tax skills. You can also save time by filling on your own, as you already have all the supporting tax slips and documents.

When is the USC Income Tax Clinic?

The USC Income Tax Clinic is providing free personal income tax filing services from March 7th to 24th, 2022 every Monday-Thursday from 12-6 PM EST. Our CRA-certified student volunteers are available to help all Western and affiliate students via Zoom as long as you book an appointment 24 hours before your desired consultation and meet our eligibility guidelines (see below).

You can book an appointment now via https://calendly.com/taxlogistics/usc-income-tax-clinic

Am I eligible for the service?

We will be assisting with refunds for the 2021 tax year only, for all current Western undergraduate and graduate students who:

  • Have a valid government photo ID
  • Have a SIN number that does not start with ‘0’
  • Have an income of less than $30,000
  • Have no rental income, foreign income, investment income, business income, or employment expenses and have never filed for bankruptcy before
  • Have been in Canada for a total of six months (183 days) in the 2021 calendar year

What should I bring to the clinic?

  1. Critically important documents:
    Social Insurance Number (SIN)
    The exact date of entry into Canada – If filing for the first time as an international student

  2. Two pieces of valid government ID.
    Examples of valid government ID:
    Passport (Canadian and foreign)
    Driver’s License (can only validate Canadian licenses)
    Travel Document
    Permanent Resident Card
    Government Photo ID Card
    Certificate of Indian Status Card

  3. Tax-Specific Documents:
    T4 – Income (issued by your employer)
    T4A – Scholarships and bursaries (issued by the school and your student loan source)
    T2202 – Tuition Fees (issued by the school)
    Rent Receipts (issued by your landlord or rental agency)
    Medical or Dental Receipts (issued by your healthcare provider or your dentist)
    Receipts for charitable donations (issued by the institution you donate to if they are a registered charity)
    Itemized and detailed receipts for moving expenses (only if moving 40 kilometres or more for work or school purposes)
    You can have multiples of each, so ensure you bring them all.

If you have any questions about the USC Income Tax Clinic, please contact Cathy Zhang at incometax@westernusc.ca.

Volunteer

Get involved with USC’s annual Income Tax Clinic hosted in March as a volunteer! NO prior tax experience is needed. Check back in January each your for available positions.

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