Line 115 - Pensions from a foreign country

If you received a pension from another country, you must report the total amount on your return in Canadian dollars. Use the Bank of Canada exchange rate in effect on the day you received the pension. If you received the pension at different times during the year, use the average annual exchange rate. The average monthly rate and the daily rate are available by visiting the Bank of Canada website.

Attach a note to your paper return identifying the type of pension you received and the country it came from. In some cases, amounts you receive may not considered pension income, and you may have to report it at a different place on your return.

If there is a tax treaty with the country your pension is from, you can claim a deduction on line 256 for the part of your foreign pension income that is tax-free in Canada.

If you paid foreign taxes on your pension, you may be able to claim a foreign tax credit when you calculate your federal and provincial or territorial taxes (see line 405). Do not subtract the taxes from your income when you report it.

Two common types of foreign pension are:

Questions and answers

I received a pension from a foreign country and they withheld the taxes. Can I get the tax they withheld back?

I started receiving a social security pension from Germany last year. How do I calculate the tax-free portion?

In 2010, my aunt received a pension from Italy for my late uncle who worked in the Italian armed forces. How does she report the income? My aunt's income included the pension of $30,000 and interest income of $15,000.

Completing your tax return

Enter on line 115 the gross amount of your foreign pension income in Canadian dollars.

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