SAMRU’s Tax Clinic

The SAMRU free tax clinic is on hold until further notice. Please check back for updates.

The deadline to file individual tax returns has been extended to June 1, 2020. Taxpayers will have until September 1, 2020 to pay any 2019 income tax amounts owed.

If you are looking to complete your tax return, there are many free resources available:

NETFILE: If you can access a computer, you can file online using CRA certified tax-filing software. There are a variety of software products to meet their needs, some of which are free!

File my Return: File my Return is a free, secure, and easy to use telephone service for eligible people with low income or a fixed income whose situations remain unchanged from year to year. Those who are eligible have received an invitation letter in the mail or in their T1 income tax and benefit package. The service makes it easy and lets you file your income tax and benefit through an automated phone service. For individuals who are residents of Québec, the service only completes the federal portion of the income tax and benefit return. For information on filing a Québec provincial tax return, contact Revenu Québec.

Paper filing: You can still file your income tax return on paper. If you filed on paper last year and your address information with the CRA was up-to-date, you should have received your paper tax package in the mail by February 17, 2020.

You can view, download and order forms at canada.ca/taxes-general-package or call the CRA at 1-855-330-3305 to order a copy.

If you need to order a package, please keep in mind that it may take 10 days for delivery.

For information on filing a Québec provincial tax return, contact Revenu Québec.

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SAMRU is offering a free tax clinic where qualifying individuals can get their tax returns done for free. Our clinic is run by trained volunteers and design to help low-income individuals with simple tax situations. Any Mount Royal student can use this service provided they meet certain qualifying criteria. Unfortunately, we cannot process returns for individuals who do not meet the criteria listed below.

Eligible clients for this service fall into the following categories: 

  • Individuals with an income of less than $35,000
  • Married/common-law couples with a combined income of with less than $45,000
  • Have a simple tax situation

In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from any of these sources:

  • employment
  • pension
  • benefits such as the Canada Pension Plan, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance
  • registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs)
  • support payments
  • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, or grants
  • interest (under $1,000)

Your tax situation is not simple if you:

  • are self-employed or have employment expenses
  • have business or rental income and expenses
  • have capital gains or losses
  • filed for bankruptcy in the tax year (or the year before, if that return has not yet been filed)
  • are completing a tax return for a deceased person

Download Documentation Checklist

CRA Account Setup Guide

Appointments are made on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please make sure to arrive with all required documentation to complete your return. We will accept walk-ins, however clients with an appointment will be prioritized.

Students filing with a spouse or common-law partner can make one appointment and come in together.

Please call the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) if you need more information about missing information, information about your personal client file, and/or instructions on obtaining your notice of assessment. We cannot contact CRA on your behalf due to sensitivity issues with regards to client confidentiality. Canada Revenue Agency’s hotline is 1-800-959-8281.

Volunteers are not employees or volunteers of the Canada Revenue Agency. The SAMRU Tax Clinic is provided by a partnership between the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University and the Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

Contact

Lisa Antichow
Administration Manager
tax@samru.ca
(403) 440-5603