OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - If you are a newcomer to Canada for all or part of a tax year, you may need to file an income tax and benefit return if you have to pay tax, want to claim a refund, or receive benefits.You become a resident of Canada for income tax purposes when you establish significant residential ties in Canada, for example, a home in Canada, a spouse or common-law partner and dependants who move to Canada to live with you, personal property, and social ties in Canada. You usually establish these ties on the date you arrive in Canada. For more information, go to Do you have to file a return?.
- If you're new to Canada, it's important to understand your tax obligations and the credits and benefits available to you.
- By filing an income tax and benefit return, you might be able to get credits and payments such as the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax credit and Canada child tax benefit payments-even if you have no income to report or tax to pay.
- Everything you need to know as a newcomer is available at www.cra.gc.ca/newcomers. For example, you can find information on getting your social insurance number, filing a tax return, tax treaties, as well as contact information if you need assistance.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) online services make filing easier and let you get your refund faster
The CRA's online services are fast, easy, and secure. You can use them to file your income tax and benefit return, make a payment, track your refund, and more. Sign up for direct deposit too! Your refund and any benefit or credit payments owed to you will be deposited directly into your account, putting your money in your pocket faster. For more information, go to www.cra.gc.ca/getready.
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