January 19, 2017 13:41 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 19, 2017) - If you are a newcomer to Canada for all or part of a tax year (January 1 to December 31), you need to do your taxes (file an income tax and benefit return) if you receive or want to receive certain benefits and credits, want to claim a refund, or have to pay tax. Everything you need to know is available at cra.gc.ca/newcomers. Find information on getting your social insurance number, filing a tax return, applying for benefits and credits, contacting the Canada Revenue Agency if you need assistance, and tax treaties.
Once you do your taxes for the first time and receive a notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you'll be able register for My Account and access all of the CRA's online, self-service options. Online services make doing your taxes faster and easier. You'll be able to use them to help file your tax return, make a payment, track the status of your return, register for online mail, apply for benefits, and more. Register for My Account at cra.gc.ca/myaccount.
As a newcomer, it's important to understand your tax obligations and the benefits and credits available to you. We have some videos to help you: Newcomers to Canada and the Canadian Tax System and New to Canada? Learn about Taxes (also available in French, Arabic, Cantonese, Punjabi and Spanish).
To receive updates on what is new at the Canada Revenue Agency, you can:
Media RelationsCanada Revenue Agency613-941-6269
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