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Tax Services

In Canada, income tax is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The Canadian income tax year is from January 1 to December 31.

As a student living in Canada, you must file your taxes. You are eligible to claim a refund and get your money back from the Canadian Government.

If you have to pay tax every year, you must file an income tax and benefit return. If you have no income to report, you should still file a return.


  • All Ryerson international students are eligible.
  • People looking to file for family members MUST have their family members present at the appointment.
  • Students who are self-employed;
  • Students who are have a business or rental income and expenses;
  • Student who have capital gains or losses;
  • Student who have employment expenses;
  • Student who need to file for bankruptcy;
  • Visit our office located in POD 50-A
  • Call us at 416-979-5000 ext. 6655 OR
  • Email us at with the following details:
    • Full Name
    • Email address
    • Phone Number
    • The date(s) and time(s) you would like to have your appointment.

Please note: We will reply to your email to confirm the appointment details.

Tax Services will run in Podium (POD) 250. The times are as follows:

Date Time
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 1:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:00pm-5:00pm
Monday, March 18, 2019 1:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 1:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:00pm-5:00pm


  • Filing for 1 year of taxes:
    • expect approximately 30 minutes per session (or longer if it’s a complicated case);
  • Filing for you and your dependent:
    • expect approximately 1 hour or more per session;
  • Filing for multiple years of taxes:
    • expect approximately 1 hour or more per session

To file a Canadian tax return you will need either :

  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) (and if applicable), your spouse’s SIN
  • OR an Individual Tax Number (ITN) - ONLY if you do not have a SIN

For your appointment you will need:

  • A USB key to save your tax return;
  • Your most recent Notice of Assessment (disregard if this is your first time filing taxes);
  • Your Passport and Study Permit;
  • A VOID cheque or bank statement if willing to receive direct deposit;

Additional Supporting Documents (please bring all documents that apply to you):

  • T2202A – tuition fees and education amount. This can be downloaded from RAMSS under “Student Fees” under “T2202A Inquiry”
  • T4 – Employment income and deductions. You should receive your T4 from your employer.
  • T4A – Scholarships and bursaries or research grants (issued by Ryerson).
  • T3 or T5 forms if you earned interest on investments and deposits (issued by banking and financial institutions).

RC62 - You may be eligible to receive RC62 Universal Child Care Benefit, external link, opens in new window if your spouse or children live with you in Canada.

You may be eligible to deduct certain expenses from your tax payments. These may include rent costs, cost of relocating to Canada, charitable donation receipts during the tax period (Jan 1 - December 31)

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If you are NOT eligible for Social Insurance Number (SIN) apply for the Individual Tax Number.

What is an ITN?

An Individual Tax Number (ITN) is a unique number that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses to identify you for tax purposes if you aren't eligible for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) (e.g., because you don’t have a study permit allowing you to work)

How can I get an ITN?

It can take a few approximately 6-8 weeks to process, so make sure you apply early! There is a free legal service provided through the Ryerson Student Union lawyer. The RSU lawyer will NOT provide you an ITN, they will assist you with notarizing the documents you need.

The following steps detail how to apply for an ITN:

  1. Complete ITN Application form, external link, opens in new window
  2. Visit the Ryerson Student Centre (SCC–311) to see the RSU in-house lawyer with the following items
    1. Your COMPLETED application form
    2. Your ORIGINAL and PHOTOCOPY of government issued ID (e.g. passport or driver's license)
  3. Mail your application and supporting documents securely. We suggest using Canada Post Xpresspost to mail your documents.

Can I work with an ITN?

No. To start working in Canada and receive benefits from employment, you need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to replace your ITN.


There are many tax services around Toronto where you can file your taxes!

There is limited space for tax ISS appointments! Don’t wait until the last minute - visit our office in POD 50-A to book your tax services appointment!