...you are not required to attach a paper copy of the T2202A form to your tax return? A printed T2202A form is required when transferring amounts to someone else as permitted by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and/or if you are being audited by CRA. Your tax information will continue to be available to you for 7 years.
What is PAWS and how can I access it?
PAWS is Personalized Access to Web Services for students, faculty, staff, alumni and other members of the University community. PAWS is personalized to you and customizable-when you log in you'll find channels that present information and services specific to your role at the University.
What receipts for income tax purposes can I access online?
The University delivers the following tax receipts online:
T2202A Tuition and Education Tax Receipt - This form is used to certify a student's eligibility for tuition and education amounts. Students also use it to show transfers of tuition and education amounts to a designated person.
Public Transit Tax Receipt - Receipt for the transit fee assessed to undergraduate students beginning in September 2007.
Some people don't have access to the web. How will they get the form if they need it?
We will accept requests for a printed copy during regular working hours. Please allow TEN business days to process the request.
If you know someone who is having trouble getting this information on the web, have the person phone:
966-4595 (Student Accounts)
Callers will be asked random questions to verify their identity.
What can I deduct for tax purposes?
The University cannot provide tax advice. T2202A only reports the tuition paid and the number of months the student is enrolled in a qualifying educational program. It does not provide assurance that the student is eligible for either the tuition credit or the education tax credit. Each student must determine if they are eligible for these tax credits based on their own circumstances. For example, fees that were reimbursed to you or to a parent or spouse on your behalf, or university tuition waivers cannot be claimed unless the reimbursed amount is included in income or qualifies as a scholarship. Only the eligible tuition fees minus the amount received as a tuition reimbursement can be deducted. Reimbursement of tuition may also restrict the student's education tax credit.
To find out more about credits and your eligibility, you should consult a tax professional or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). For further details refer to the various resource materials located on CRA's website for students, under the section on common deductions and credits for students: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/stdnts/menu-eng.html.
Can my parents, siblings, or anyone obtain information that is on my record at the University?
No, not even your parents can obtain confidential information without your written consent. The University gathers and maintains information used for purposes of admission, registration and other fundamental activities related to being a member of the university community and to attending a public post-secondary institution in the Province of Saskatchewan. The policy regarding the release of information about students is intended to protect the individual student's right to privacy and the confidentiality of his or her record. Access to confidential information at the University is governed by The Local Authority of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
I viewed my printable T2202A tax form a second time and now it says "Duplicate". Can I still use this form for my tax return?
Yes, even though the tax form has a notation of "Duplicate", it is still a valid tax receipt that can be used to support your tuition and education tax credit claim. Keep in mind that the tax form does not get submitted with a student's tax return but is required when transferring amounts to someone else as permitted by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and/or if you are being audited by CRA.
Why does my T2202A tax form say "Amended"? Can I still use this form for my tax return?
The student registration system does not always calculate the number of months correctly. University staff manually correct these forms resulting in an "Amended" status. Even though the tax form has a notation of "Amended", it is still a valid tax receipt that can be used to support your tuition and education tax credit claim.
Why doesn't the Eligible Tuition Fees in Box A of my T2202A tax form equal the amount of tuition and fees I was assessed?
There are several reasons why the amounts will not be the same:
Are application fees included in the tuition amount showing?
No, application fees are not included in the amount showing on your T2202A as they are usually paid before your student number is assigned and your student account established. As application fees are eligible for a tax credit, you will need to hold on to the receipt or proof of payment which was provided when you paid the fee if you wish to claim the fee. As noted above, CRA requests that you do not attach the T2202A or other receipts to your tax return.
Why doesn't my tax form print correctly?
There are many types of internet browsers (for example, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, etc). The settings on your browser control how a document prints and different browsers will print the same form in different ways. In Internet Explorer 7.0, which is a common browser, the following instructions will result in the form printing correctly:
- Select Print Preview by clicking on the drop down arrow beside the printer icon
- Click on the icon - turn Headers and Footers off
- Select "Only the Selected Frame"
- Shrink to Fit
Please note that even if the form prints out differently from how it looks on the screen, it is still a valid tax receipt that can be used to support your tuition and education tax credit claim and, as noted above, CRA requests that you do not attach a printed T2202A or other receipts to your tax return.
What is the Public Transit Pass Tax Receipt?
In 2006, the Government of Canada introduced a non-refundable tax credit to help cover the cost of public transit passes.
The USSU Saskatoon Transit Fee of $70.25 per term is eligible for the transit pass tax credit and can be claimed in the appropriate calendar year. The Term 1 fee of $70.25 is a transit pass fee for the period September to December. The Term 2 fee of $70.25 is a transit pass fee for the period January to April.
Keep a printout of your Fee Assessment which shows your Name, Student Number and the Transit Fee assessment. The printout should not be submitted with your tax return but you should keep this printout as proof of purchase in case you are audited by CRA.
Where do I get my Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Graduate Tax Credit Certificate?
The Government of Saskatchewan issues post-secondary graduates a tax exemption that can be used toward Saskatchewan Income Tax. The University of Saskatchewan applies for this exemption on behalf of its graduates if they provide their social insurance number in the appropriate section on their Application to Graduate.
A new Graduate Tax Exemption is being introduced beginning with the 2007 tax year. The existing one-year Post-secondary Tax Credit will not be extended past 2006. To ensure an effective transition between this new program and the previous one, individuals who graduated in 2006 and who received the $850 tax credit will also be eligible to claim the new exemption for the 2007-2010 tax years.
Graduates can contact Student Central to confirm whether the U of S has applied on their behalf.
Graduates who did not apply for the Graduate Tax Exemption on their Application to Graduate can fill out a separate application form found on the government website. They must also attach a copy of their transcript confirming that they are a graduate from an eligible program of study. Completed forms and transcripts should be mailed to the Post-Secondary Graduate Tax Exemption Program Office at the address indicated at the top of the form.
I received a scholarship. How do I obtain my T4A scholarship tax slip?
The University issues T4A slips to students who received scholarships, bursaries, prizes, grants or fellowships. The slip is mailed to the address on record at the end of February each year so please ensure your address is current to prevent delays in receiving your T4A.
The full amount of scholarships, fellowships or bursaries that are received by you as a student with respect to your enrolment in a program that entitles you to claim the education amount are not taxable and do not have to be reported as income on your tax return. If, however, you are not eligible for the education amount, only the part of the post-secondary scholarships, fellowships or bursaries that is more than $500 must be reported on your tax return.