Most people should file a tax return. There is usually a basic personal exemption in earnings. If you have made more money than the exemption, you will need to file a return.
Often the federal government revenue agency will request a return from you. Certain situations also create income tax issues. If you have disposed of capital, you should submit a return for that tax year. This could include selling property or financial investments. People who take money out of registered retirement savings accounts may also need to fill out a tax return.
There are many good reasons to file you tax return. Tax protected savings programs are usually based on your annual income. Therefore, if you file a return as soon as you are 18, you will start to create contribution room. You can build up this contribution room until a later date when you are earning more money. This will make the deduction count for more. In addition, you will be saving for retirement.
If you are making any money that is taxed, then filing a return will qualify you for a refund. Many federal, state or provincial governments offer tax credits. These can be paid to you even if you have not made any money. Sales tax credits are another possible refund avenue. There are often child tax benefits that will be paid to families with children. Students can often deduct education amounts, or file there return, so those deductions are available later. Seniors who receive income support will want to file a tax return to continue to qualify for that support.
If you are wondering if you should file an income tax return, you should find out more information from your local government representative, or website. There are legal ramifications for people who do not claim taxable income. If you cannot afford to pay someone to prepare your return for you, you may be eligible for free clinics or free software. People who earn a low income usually qualify for this service. There are certain restrictions to these free services. People who have capital gains or losses are usually not eligible. You may not qualify if you have declared bankruptcy.