Understanding taxes and benefits

Canada's tax system supports the quality of life that all Canadians and newcomers to Canada enjoy. The contributions you make through your taxes are essential in helping fund many things—from building roads and bridges to Canada's education and health care system. Paying taxes is a fundamental part of being a responsible citizen, as well as an obligation. There's no doubt—taxes can be complex. This page will provide you with the resources you need to better understand Canada's tax system so that you know how to benefit from it.

Child and family benefits

When you file your tax return, you open the door to benefits and credits that may be available to you and your children.

Newcomers to Canada

If you have recently arrived in Canada, visit Newcomers to Canada for information on how to file your first tax return.

Life events

During your lifetime, there may be certain life events that can affect your taxes, such as moving or dealing with the death of a loved one.

Learning About Taxes

Learning About Taxes is an independent, self-paced course that introduces you to Canada's tax system and helps you prepare a simple income tax return.

Tools for educators

Teaching Taxes

Share the gift of financial literacy with your students. Teaching Taxes provides free class materials and instructions you can share with your students about preparing their income tax returns.

Responsible Citizenship and Canada's Tax System

Explore with your students the relationship between our tax system and the quality of life in Canada.

Useful links

Video gallery

Find basic information on topics such as preparing your income tax and benefit return, tax-free savings accounts, and charitable contributions.

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