Tips & Advice

I didn’t make much this year and don’t owe. Should I file?

Yes! File a  tax return even if you have no income or taxes owing.

Why? It determines your eligibility for both federal and provincial government programs such as the Canada Child Tax Benefit, GST/HST credit and other Provincial programs.

Even if you didn’t make much, filing a tax return reports earned income, which increases your future RRSP contribution room. You may not have made much this year, but you might be eligible for the Canada Workers Benefit (CWB) (formerly the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB)  If you earned more than $3,000, you could get a credit refunded to you under this benefit program.

If you attended school and have eligible tuition fees, you must file a tax return in order to claim the credits, even if you are not using them. You might not need to use the credits this year, but in order to carry forward or transfer them, they must be reported on your current year tax return.

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