File at Home for free!
Through membership in our national students’ union–the Canadian Federation of Students, TMAPS members can access tax filing software absolutely free.
To file for free, members must:
- Sign in to a new or existing UFile account for the current tax year
- Enter tuition fees and months at school (must file T2202a)
- Locate the “Special Offer” form in UFile’s left-hand navigation
- Enter the special offer code: CFS1981
(note: entering the code CFS1981 at check-out will not discount the tax file, the student must enter the code in the Special Offer section.)
Click here for more information.
Work-from-Home Income Tax Deductions
Students should file an income tax return even if they don’t have employment income, because they may still receive a refund and credits that they can carry forward to future years.
Even before the pandemic and shutdown, employees could deduct home office expenses, but it was a complicated process. The Canada Revenue Agency now provides a form on which employees who worked from home more than 50% of the time for at least four consecutive weeks due to the pandemic can claim $2.00 per day to a maximum of $500.00, without having to submit receipts, or anything from their employer.
TMAPS Tax Clinic
TMAPS hosts a free, annual in-person tax clinic in partnership with TMGSU, the Graduate’s Student Union. This initiative is a collaboration with Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, known as CVITP. Our volunteers are CRA trained and will file simple tax situations for any TMAPS or TMGSU member. Please note that our tax clinic is currently CLOSED. Please scroll below to find ongoing CRA tax clinics in your area.
Find a Community Tax Clinic in your area
TMAPS’s tax clinic is part of a collaboration with Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, known as CVITP. There are hundreds of clinics in the CVITP program across Canada. These clinics provide service free of charge and vary in their level of service. Some clinics operate all year round, preparing past years’ returns, others may assist if you have self-employment income. Some clinics operate on a drop-in basis, others strictly by appointment.
Click here for the full list of clinics operating in your area.