Have your taxes filed online FOR FREE by student volunteers!

At Saitsa, we know the burden that tax season can place on students’ shoulders, which is why we’ve partnered with the Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). The CVITP provides students and the immediate community with a FREE service to have their taxes done by dedicated student-volunteers who have received CRA training in this program. Despite not being in person, the Saitsa Tax Program will continue to run online. Check out the information below to discover how to participate!

*Please note that the Tax Program is closed for 2021. 

Follow the steps below to help us best prepare to file your tax return. There are no appointments, rather log in to zoom within our hours of operation, and when available, a student volunteer will fill your taxes with you in an individual break-out room.

1. Fill out Section 1 of the TIS60 form. Don’t send the TIS60 anywhere, keep it saved on your computer and accessible for when you join the online tax clinic.

2. Join the zoom session, within the hours of operation, whenever convenient for you. Please be aware that returns can take between 25-50 minutes, ensure that there is enough time in the session, and avoid joining near the end of the hours of operation.

3. Please bring a piece of government/photo I.D, all tax slips that you may have, and your completed section 1 of your TIS60.

What do I need to file a tax return?

The basics typically are:

  • A Social Insurance Number or Individual Tax Number (for those without a SIN)
  • T4s from any employer that you worked for
  • T2202 – proof of tuition fees paid; found through your MySAIT or by contacting the Office of the Registrar.
  • T4A – scholarships or bursaries
  • 2019 Notice of Assessment (this makes the process a lot easier!)

Some additional information can include:

  • Receipts for moving expenses, childcare expenses, medical expenses

The basics online are the same as those in person! Instead, you don’t necessarily need to have them printed out as you previously might have had to do, just make sure you’re ready to read out those numbers to your volunteer over video chat!

Where can I have my taxes done?

Option 1: you can do them yourself online through a program like TurboTax or StudioTax

Option 2: you can pay an organization such as H&R Block

Option 3: you can access Saitsa’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, open from March 15 – April 16, 2021. See above for details!

Am I eligible to use the Saitsa Tax Program?

You are eligible to use the Saitsa Tax Program if you:

  • have $35,000 maximum net income individually
  • have $45,000 maximum net income if you’re married or common-law + $2,500 per dependant
  • do not have capital gains/losses
  • are not self-employed
  • do not have rental income
FAQ's about taxes

I didn’t receive a T4 from my employer, can I still file my taxes?

You can find all your information on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website. Create an account and you will be able to locate all the information associated with your SIN or ITN.


If I am filing with a spouse or common-law partner, can I file for the both of us?

For us to process the return, we will need both partners present at the clinic.  


Can I book an appointment to come in to have my taxes done?

No, we are only taking walk-ins on a first-come-first serve basis. The whole process, from start to finish, will likely take between 25-45 minutes if you’d like to prepare for coming into the Tax Clinic.


Why do I need the prior year’s notice of assessment?

If you filed taxes for 2018, this gives the Saitsa CVITP volunteers the most up to date information relating to you for the previous year file. We need this to look for RRSP contributions or anything that carries forward into future years.


Can I claim my transit expenses if I have the U-Pass?

No, this was unfortunately eliminated effective June 2017.


What if I didn’t work and don’t have a T4?

You should still file as you will have your T2202A for tuition credits. This doesn’t guarantee a return, but you should still file taxes.


Can I claim my textbooks as an expense? 

No, this was also unfortunately eliminated in 2017.


I paid tuition this year, does this affect my taxes? 

Yes, this reduces the amount of taxes you will need to pay. Your tuition will show on your T2202A which you can find in your My Student account on MySait. 

Here’s what we’re doing to make sure that your information stays secure
  • Only the volunteer that you are matched with will have access to your information, and volunteers are mindful of their surroundings when volunteering in their own home.
  • Volunteers will keep their camera on for the duration of the interaction with you while filing your return.
  • Volunteers will share the UFILE screen with you, if requested, so that you may see the information that is being entered and verify it.
  • You are required to give your consent throughout the call, and if you are uncomfortable with proceeding, you may leave the call and the return will not be processed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact saitsa.taxprogram@edu.sait.ca.

Looking for more information on taxes? Check out the resources below!