Individual Tax Number (ITN)

What is an ITN?

An Individual Tax Number (ITN) is a unique number that Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) uses to identify you for tax purposes if you aren't eligible for a Social Insurance Number (SIN).

If you are an international student who is not eligible for a SIN, you need to get an ITN if:

  • You received a scholarship or award from UBC.
    You must enter a SIN or ITN into your Student Service Centre (SSC) by January so UBC can issue your T4A tax forms.
  • You want to file a tax return.
    As an international student now living in Canada, you may need to file a tax return depending on your situation.

Applying for an ITN

If you are not eligible for a SIN, follow step-by-step instructions to apply for your ITN.

Make sure you apply early, as it can take up to 8 weeks to process your application. If you receive an award, or are planning to file Canadian taxes, you should apply as soon as you arrive in Canada.

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