Students and taxes: what you need to know

When you’re a student, every dollar counts. So make sure you’re getting all the tax credits, deductions, and benefits you are eligible for by doing your taxes. Even if you have little or no income, you should still file your tax return because you could get money back!

Here are some tips to help you:

1. Income

Remember to collect all T4s from all jobs, and be sure to report them on your tax return. Your employer should send you a T4 by the end of February, but you can also view your T4 slips in your CRA My Account.

2. Deductions and credits

Know what you are eligible for in advance. You may be eligible for benefits or credits such as the Canada child benefit, the GST/HST credit and provincial or territorial benefits. You need to do your taxes every year to continue getting any benefit payments without delay or interruption. The CRA uses information from your tax return to calculate the amount of benefits and credits to which you are entitled. Additionally, as a student, there are many expenses you may be able to claim, including your:

3. Need help doing your taxes?

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program may be able to help you do your taxes if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation. There are even some tax clinics located at schools and universities. For more information, go to

4. Online Services

Check out CRA’s online services to make doing your taxes easier and help you get your refund faster. File your tax return, make a payment, track your refund, receive your notice of assessment, and more. You can also sign up for direct deposit to get your refund deposited into your bank account. For more information, go to

5. Keep your address up-to-date

Remember to keep your address up-to-date if you move for work or school. You can change your address easily using the CRA’s online service My Account or the web-based mobile apps MyCRA or MyBenefits CRA.

6. Protect yourself from fraud!

Don’t become a victim of fraud or tax scams. When it comes to taxes, the CRA has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected by phone or email. The CRA will never:

If you have doubts about someone claiming that you owe the CRA money, you can call us or check online using My Account.

7. Go paperless

Sign up for online mail and get your notice of assessment directly in My Account.

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