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OMG: Not sure if any international student didn't already know this, but you can file for tax return as well! I got ~$3000 back each year!!!

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  1. Leave and don't come back.

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  2. How does that work ?

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    1. You need to have a Canadian Social Insurance Number.

      If you're earning an income from a Canadian business, they deduct tax from your paycheque regardless of whether or not you're working on an international visa. You have a right to get most (if not all) of that money returned to you.

      It's not "the government giving you money," it's "the government giving you your money back." Hence why it's called a tax refund.

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  3. This was posted by the executor of the will of a late Nigerian prince.

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  4. Holy moly is this serious?

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    1. I don't get any taxes deducted from my pay though (except insurance). Do I still get tax returns?

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    2. 4a, probably not. You can always try applying for the Working Income Families tax benefit though, if your annual income was low enough. I got $1000 for doing that! Not sure if it'll work for non-permanents though.

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  5. This is a long shot since this post is so old, but did you do co-op and hence file the tax return? What about the international students not in co-op, do they still get a refund on their tuition amount?

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    1. Not if they didn't earn a Canadian wage. Tax refunds are not government giving you money but giving you back your money.

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    2. Rephrasing what 5a said, if your co-op was in Canada, then you should absolutely file.

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    3. Wait for it......NOOOOOO, you DON'T have to be a coop student to file!!! You are entitled to a bunch of GST/HST return...that's where the $3000 comes in every single year. If you're on coop, you are in luck: I've been working for a whole year since graduation and I'm getting back ~$9000 (b/c my company has been paying my taxes a little too much, plus education credits and what not) That being said, it's all based on the assumption that my accountant has done my taxes right LOL

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    4. ^ LOLOL oh dear, you sure are lucky. Congrats! :D

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  6. If you've been studying in Canada for some years, you can file up to 10 years back!!!! Some years may need to be submitted in paper form.
    P.s. you DON'T have to be a coop student

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    1. There's a bunch of GST/HST and rental credits and what not....DO FILE!!!!!!

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    2. OMG thank you guys (5 a, b, c, 6, 6a, 7)!! you people are the best. thank you!

      It was my friend who i was asking for (she is an intl student) and I was thinking of telling her to file it online but filing last 4 years of taxes seems complicated online so i think my friend will go to a tax company and get it done. She's going to H&R Block i think.. any suggestions on any other good ones?

      Thanks a WHOLE BUNCH!!
      -5 :)

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  7. I recommend checking out TurboTax online, if you aren't sure where to start as far as filing your taxes go. If you're financial situation isn't *terribly* complex, it's a pretty smart software, and the process is really easy - you can even have it file electronically for you at the end.

    But yes, you should definitely file regardless.

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