Office Closure Service Delivery Plan - Tax Clinic

Due to the pandemic, CESAR made the decision not to host a virtual clinic for security reasons and out of concern for lack of trained volunteers. If you need assistance filing your 2020 tax return, please reach out to Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program to book with a free virtual clinic. Please be sure to secure your Social Insurance Number, and personal information when you attend a virtual tax clinic. As with any online activity, there is an increased risk for exposure of your personal information.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is still hosting virtual clinics that are open to the public. Virtual clinics are led by phone appointment or video call and you must be identified by video call and government issued photo ID for the fastest service. Multilingual assistance is available. 

If you are an international student at Ryerson, please contact International Student Support (ISS) at issask@ryerson.ca for information on their clinic this year.

Please use the search function on CRA’s website to find a virtual clinic to suit your needs at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/free-tax-help.html

If you are comfortable filing on your own, you can access UFile through the Canadian Federation of Students for free. The steps to using UFile are listed below:

To file for free, members must:

  1. Visit: https://www.ufile.ca/tips-and-tools/file-for-free
  2. Sign in to a new or existing UFile account for the current tax year
  3. Enter tuition fees and months at school (must file T2202a)
  4. Locate the “Special Offer” form in UFile’s left-hand navigation
  5. Enter the special offer code: CFS1981

(note: entering the code CFS1981 at check-out will not discount the tax file, the student must enter the code in the Special Offer section.)

For any questions related to the CRA virtual tax clinic program eligibility please contact services@mycesax.ca.

File at Home for free!

Through membership in our national students’ union–the Canadian Federation of Students, CESAR members can access tax filing software absolutely free.

To file for free, members must:

  1. Sign in to a new or existing UFile account for the current tax year
  2. Enter tuition fees and months at school (must file T2202a)
  3. Locate the “Special Offer” form in UFile’s left-hand navigation
  4. Enter the special offer code: CFS1981

(note: entering the code CFS1981 at check-out will not discount the tax file, the student must enter the code in the Special Offer section.)

Click here for more information.

Find a Community Tax Clinic in your area

CESAR’s tax clinic is part of a collaboration with Canada Revenue Agency’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, known as CVITP. There are hundreds of clinics in the CVITP program across Canada. These clinics provide service free of charge and vary in their level of service. Some clinics operate all year round, preparing past years’ returns, others may assist if you have self-employment income. Some clinics operate on a drop-in basis, others strictly by appointment.

Click here for the full list of clinics operating in your area.

Information Session on T2200s