If you worked in any of these countries, you could be due a Tax Refund

Did you leave Canada because of COVID? You could be due a tax refund

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Were you forced to leave Canada following the outbreak of COVID-19?

You’re not alone!

In fact, thousands of working holiday makers had to return to their home countries in the wake of the pandemic.

However, just because you left Canada doesn’t mean you do not have tax-filing requirements.

Okay, it may not be at the forefront of your mind – but get this, you could be due a tax refund in Canada!

In fact, the average Canadian tax refund with Taxback.com is $998!

So, let us explain to you how you can apply for your refund today!

What's more, you can even use our income tax refund calculator to find out how much you are owed.

The average Canadian tax refund is $998


Do you need to file a tax return after you leave Canada?

Before you do anything, you'll need to figure out what your Canadian residency status is.

This is important as filing under the wrong residency status means you may not be tax compliant in line with the Canadian tax authorities.

Essentially, you are a deemed a non-resident for tax purposes if:

  • you live in a different country and are therefore not an ordinary resident of Canada

  • you have no significant residential ties to Canada and have lived outside of Canada during the tax year

  • you were in Canada for 183 days or less during the tax year

Most working holiday makers are classed as non-residents.

If you travelled to Canada during the same tax year of your home country, you may not have used up all of the tax credits allotted to you for that year and you could be entitled to a tax refund!

You can find out more about that here.

In 2020, the Canadian tax-free allowance (the amount you can earn without paying tax) was $13,229. 

The average Canadian tax refund is $998



What happens if you do not file

If you owe the Canadian government tax and miss the tax deadline of 30 April, there is a late filing penalty of 5% of your balance if you miss the deadline, plus 1% of your balance owing for each full month your return is late, up to 12 months.

If you do not owe any tax and are applying for your refund for the tax year there is no penalty for filing late and the latest time to file your return is 10 years after the end of the tax year.

One of the main positives about filing a tax return is that there is a good chance you could be due a hefty refund!

If you file your tax return with Taxback.com,you will be able to apply to get your maximum tax refund.

How to file your tax return and get your maximum tax refund

You could always file by yourself.

However, non-residents often find this task to be tricky, especially if they are new to the process, especially having to file on paper, as there is no online software available for non-residents.

That’s why getting a tax agent like Taxback.com to do all the work for you makes so much sense!

By applying with Taxback.com you can enjoy a fast and stress-free service.

We will take care of all of the boring tax return paperwork on your side so you don't have to!

That’s not all though, we guarantee that you will receive your maximum legal tax refund.

Get started now!

The average Canadian tax refund is $998


If I make $20,000 a year, how much tax do I get back in Canada?

How much tax you get back will depend on how much tax you paid throughout the year while in Canada.

The three main factors that influence how much tax you could be due back are:

  • If you overpaid income tax
  • If you overpaid Canadian Pension Plan (CPP)
  • If you overpaid Employer Insurance (EI)

So, if you think you overpaid on any of those, you could be due a tax refund!

We can help you determine whether you are due tax back, simply fill out this form and we'll be in touch.


Got questions about your tax refund?

Don’t worry! You are not alone.

The good news is that if you have burning questions about your tax return, you can reach out to talk to our tax agents in our Live Chat.

We will be on hand 24/7 to answer all your queries!

Claim your tax refund in Canada now or feel free to use our tax refund calculator for Canada to find out if you are due tax back.


The average Canadian tax refund is $998


About The Author

Rory Lynskey - Digital Content Executive @ Taxback.com

Rory is the Digital Content Executive at Taxback.com. Rory graduated from Technological University Dublin with a degree in Journalism in 2019, and has had his work published both online and in print at a national and regional level.

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