Yes. It’s best to file an income tax return if you work while studying. You may get a refund if your employer deducted too much from your salary for income tax, Québec Pension Plan contributions or Québec parental insurance plan (QPIP) premiums.
When you have to file your first income tax return depends on your situation, not your age.
For example, you may want to:
receive the solidarity tax credit
transfer all or part of your tuition fees to your parents or grandparents
request a refund for overpayment to your employer of
Québec Pension Plan contributions
Québec parental insurance plan (QPIP) premiums
Québec income tax withheld at source
If you have income tax to pay for any reason, you have to file an income tax return.
Deductions and tax credits can lower your income tax and help you get a refund.
the deduction for assistance received for the payment of tuition fees
the deduction for scholarships, bursaries or similar financial assistance
repayment of a scholarship, bursary or similar financial assistance
You must meet certain conditions to qualify for these deductions.
Yes. In 2022, if you were a full-time student pursuing vocational training at the secondary level or post-secondary studies and you are:
a child (born after December 31, 2004), your parent can claim the amount for a child enrolled in post-secondary studies by completing Part A of Schedule A of their income tax return if they meet the conditions
a child 18 or over (born after January 1, 2005), your parent can claim the amount transferred by a child 18 or over enrolled in post-secondary studies by completing Part B of Schedule A of their income tax return if they meet the conditions. You must complete Schedule S of your income tax return.
Under certain conditions, one of your parents could get:
No. There is no tax credit for tuition fees paid to private schools, whether primary or secondary. However, some tuition fees paid for post-secondary studies could entitle you to the tax credit for tuition or examination fees.
No. You also have to sign up for direct deposit. To get the maximum amount of each component, you must complete Schedule D of your income tax return. If you’re eligible for the tax credit but don’t file Schedule D, you’ll only get the basic amount of the QST component.
Yes. The solidarity tax credit has three components:
the QST component
the housing component
the component for individuals living in a northern village
Eligible fees covered by the tax credit for tuition or examination fees include:
application, admission and confirmation fees paid to an educational institution
Yes. One of your parents can claim all or part of the tax credit for tuition or examination fees. To transfer the credit to your parent, complete Schedule T of your income tax return. Your parent must complete Part D of Schedule A of their income tax return.
You can claim the tax credit for tuition or examination fees if you paid over $100 in tuition and examination fees for the taxation year. To claim the credit, carry it forward or transfer it to someone else, complete Schedule T of your income tax return.
You cannot deduct student loan repayments. However, you can deduct or carry forward the interest paid on a student loan. Complete Schedule M of your income tax return.
Did You Know?
Students that filed their income tax returns in 2020 received an average refund of $433! Sound good?
1. Individuals who filed income tax returns are considered to be students if they received an RL-8 slip for the taxation year with an amount in box A or B.
Understanding sales tax and income tax
What’s it for? What’s an income tax return? What are deductions and tax credits? What’s the difference between sales tax and income tax?
A volunteer can help you complete your income tax return so that you get the tax credits you’re entitled to.
Tax credits and deductions for students
Refundable tax credit
Solidarity tax credit
The solidarity tax credit is a refundable tax credit for low- and middle-income individuals and families. It is based on your situation on December 31 and paid over a 12-month period beginning on July 1 of the following year.
Amount transferred by a child 18 or over enrolled in post-secondary studies
If you were born before January 1, 2005, and in 2022 you were a full-time student pursuing vocational training at the secondary level or post-secondary studies, you may be able to transfer an amount to one of your parents. You must have received an RL-8 slip with an amount in box A.