Even if you make no money, you should file a tax return each year. If you do not file your taxes you CANNOT get government benefits such as the following.
Federal Income Tax Credits
- GST credit - a tax-free quarterly payment that helps individuals/families with low and modest incomes to offset all or part of the GST or HST they pay.
- Working Income Tax Benefit - a refundable tax credit for working people with low incomes.
- Canada Child Benefit (CCB) - a tax-free monthly payment to help support your children under age 18. To get the CCB, you have to file your income tax return every year, even if you did not have income in the year. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, they also have to file a return every year.
- CCB Application Form - Get an application online or by calling 1-800-387-1193. You can send your completed Canada Child Benefits form to the Winnipeg Tax Centre.
- Marital Status changes - Let Canada Revenue Agency know if your marital status changes by applying online or by calling 1-800-387-1193. This will make sure your CCB and GST benefits are correctly calculated based on your new situation.
- Canada Caregiver Credit - Non-refundable tax credit that may be available if you support a spouse or common-law partner or a dependent with a physical or mental impairment.
Provincial (MB) Income Tax Credits
Federal benefits are the same for First Nations individuals who are on or off reserve, but individuals must file tax returns to receive them even if they have no income. Different rules apply to provincial tax credits.
Get Help with Your Taxes/Free Tax Clinics
Taxes should be filed by the end of April each year; however, you can file your taxes at any time throughout the year.
- Manitoba Tax Assistance Office - informs and assists residents on the Manitoba income tax and tax credit programs. Call 204-948-2115 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-800-782-0771 outside Winnipeg.
- Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) - general information about free tax clinics offered to low-income individuals with simple tax situations. Manitoba locations are listed at Tax Preparation Clinics - Manitoba. For more information call the Canada Revenue Agency general enquiries line at 1-800-959-8281. During the tax season (February-April), call the CVITP program at 204-989-1912.
- Additional free tax clinics and other tax filing information can be found at:
ADDITIONAL TAX FILING INFORMATION
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If you are a Canadian citizen, a newcomer to Canada, or a temporary resident, you need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work in Canada or to receive benefits and services from government programs.
Canada Revenue Agency offers several online options for filing at E-Services for Individuals. The Netfile option for filing directly with CRA includes a list of free tax software products.