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Preparing for Tax Season: Using Your Tax Credits

It’s tax time in Canada. Here are some helpful resources from the Canada Revenue Agency with regard to using your tuition, education, and textbook tax credits.

For those new to Athabasca University living in Canada, as you most likely already know, it is time to claim your tax credits for tuition, education and textbook expenses from 2011. You can access your T2202A form for 2011 at MyAU now. This form will give you all the amounts that you need to claim your education tax credits.

Here are the basics and places to access further information from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website:

Here are links to the various forms:

To contact the CRA, call 1-800-959-8281. The hours to speak to a representative from February 20 to April 30, 2012 are:

  • Monday to Friday (except holidays) 8:15 am – 9:00 pm (local time)
  • Saturdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (local time)
  • An automated service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

For those that submit their own taxes electronically, there are various software programs out there that you can purchase. TurboTax is one such program that some students could qualify to receive for free. Do I Qualify to Use Free Tax Software This Year?

Take action sooner rather than later. Take advantage of your tax credits: A way the federal government has intervened to lower tuition to help all Canadian students. For most the due date to submit your taxes is on or before April 30, 2012. Otherwise, for self-employed persons, the due date is on or before June 15, 2012.