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Canada Revenue Agency – Free Webinars for Newcomers to Canada and Students

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Canada Revenue Agency continuously strives to educate and inform taxpayers of their rights and responsibilities. They are currently broadening their outreach by incorporating the use of effective technologies and have recently developed some educational tax information webinars that cater specifically to the needs of youth and newcomers to Canada. All webinars are free.

Here are the dates and times as well as the topics covered:

Newcomers to Canada

May 24, 2012 – 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
June 18, 2012 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Topics covered:

  • • How to file your Income Tax Return as a newcomer
  • • Information about your residence
  • • Your rights and responsibilities

Students & Income Taxes

May 8, 2012 – 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Topics Covered:

  • • About CRA:  What CRA does?
  • • Getting assistance to file your tax return;
  • • Before you get started, do you have to file a tax return?
  • • Filing a tax return;
  • • Types of income;
  • • Common deductions;
  • • Non-Refundable Tax Credits;
  • • Child and family benefits;
  • • Other provincial or territorial credits;
  • • References

The general link for Registrations to these (and other) webinars for British Columbia is:  www.cra-arc.gc.ca/vnts/bc/menu-eng.html

SFU Accounting Students Association – Free Income Tax Filing Service for Students

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

This March, the SFU Accounting Student Association (ASA) will once again be offering free income tax filing assistance to eligible students by CRA-trained volunteers. If you would like assistance with filing your taxes, please visit the ASA website to find out if you are eligible and how to register.  The ASA requests that you register for this service before March 2, for an appointment to take place between March 12 and April 8.

Note: Register early as this popular service often fills up fast!

Upcoming Workshop: Canadian Income Tax Information – Thursday, February 23rd

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

It’s tax time again!

As an international student, if you earn income in Canada (teaching/research assistantships, employment, investment or business income), you are responsible for submitting a tax form to the government (“filing a tax return”).

If you have no income to report, you may still wish to file a tax return as you may be eligible to receive certain payments or credits.

Not sure where to start?  SFU ISS is hosting a speaker from Canada Revenue Agency to do a hands-on workshop for all international students on how to file taxes. Learn how the Canadian tax system applies to you.  Choose one of the following sessions (pre-registration is not necessary, and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis):

Canadian Income Tax Filing Workshop for International Students
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: Select ones session to attend: 10:30am-12:30pm OR 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: MBC 2292

You may also review our tax information sheet for details on filing your taxes in Canada.

Tax forms and guides will be available for pickup in the ISS office (MBC 1200) starting in late February.

Free Tax Services Available in Metro Vancouver – Book your appointment now!

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

There are a number of tax services available to international students in the Metro Vancouver area.

At SFU, the Accounting Students Association provides FREE tax return services, with volunteers trained by CRA. Appointment information can be found on the ASA website. The ASA asks that you book an appointment before 6:00PM March 6, 2011, as demand for this popular service is high.

There are also a number of Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics around the Metro Vancouver area. For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

If you missed the Canadian Income Tax Filing Workshop for International Students on March 3rd 2011, you can find the Revenue Canada presentation on our website.