Understanding taxes and benefits
Canada's tax system supports the quality of life that all Canadians and newcomers to Canada enjoy. The contributions you make through your taxes are essential in helping fund many things—from building roads and bridges to Canada's education and health care system. Paying taxes is a fundamental part of being a responsible citizen, as well as an obligation. There's no doubt—taxes can be complex. This page will provide you with the resources you need to better understand Canada's tax system so that you know how to benefit from it.
When you file your tax return, you open the door to benefits and credits that may be available to you and your children.
If you have recently arrived in Canada, visit Newcomers to Canada for information on how to file your first tax return.
During your lifetime, there may be certain life events that can affect your taxes, such as moving or dealing with the death of a loved one.
The learning material
Learn about your taxes is a free online learning tool to help youth, individuals who have never done their taxes before and new residents learn about taxes. It is also a great tool for anyone who needs a refresher.
Find basic information on topics such as preparing your income tax and benefit return, tax-free savings accounts, and charitable contributions.
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