Do you need to file a tax return?

you need to file an income tax return if:

• You have to pay tax during the year

• CRA sent you a request to file a return

• You and your spouse or common-law partner elected to split pension income for

• You received working income tax benefit advance payments

• You disposed of capital property (for example, if you sold real estate, your principal residence, or shares) or you realized a taxable capital gain (for example, if a mutual fund or trust attributed income to you, or you are reporting a capital gains reserve you claimed on your previous year return)

• You have to repay any of your old age security or employment insurance benefits

• You have not repaid all amounts withdrawn from your registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) under the Home Buyers’ Plan or the Lifelong Learning Plan

• You have to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). This can apply if for the tax year the total of your net self-employment income and pensionable employment income is more than $3,500

• You are paying employment insurance premiums on self-employment and other eligible earnings

Even if none of these requirements apply, you should file a return if:

• You want to claim a refund

• You want to claim the working income tax benefit

• You want the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit (including any related provincial credits). For example, you may be eligible if you turn 19

• You or your spouse or common-law partner want to begin or continue receiving Canada Child Benefit payments, including related provincial or territorial benefit payments

• You have incurred a non-capital loss that you want to be able to apply in other years

• You want to report income for which you could contribute to an RRSP and/or a pooled registered pension plan (PRPP) to keep your RRSP/PRPP deduction limit for future years current

• You want to carry forward the unused investment tax credit on expenditures you incurred during the current year

• You receive the guaranteed income supplement or allowance benefits under the old age security program. You can usually renew your benefit by filing your return by April 30. If you choose not to file a return, you will have to complete a renewal form