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T2202A Tax Forms

Question Answer

Claiming textbooks for income tax purposes

You can claim the textbook amount only if you are eligible to claim the education amount.

If you are eligible to claim your tuition:

  • claim $65 for each month you qualify for the full-time education amount; and
  • claim $20 for each month you qualify for the part-time education amount

Note:
You can claim only one textbook amount per month - either the full-time or the part-time education amount.

For example, if you were enrolled full-time for part of the year and part-time for the rest, you could claim:

Summer
May and June                        $20 x 2 months =    $40.00
Fall
September to December    $65 x 4 months =   $260.00

Total for the year:                                                   $300.00

Note that for a student to be considered full time in a month, they need 7 or more hours per week for courses that intersect that month.

For a student to be considered part time in a month, they need between 3 and 6  hours per week for courses that intersect that month.

How do I get my tax receipt?

Your T2202A tax receipt form can be printed by accessing your online student record, and will usually be available early in February for the previous year. These forms will no longer be mailed except by request.

Notices are emailed to students when the tax receipts are ready, and a notice is also put in your online student record.

For more information, see: T2202A Tax Receipts.

Am I eligible for a Tax Receipt? What if I'm not a Canadian citizen?

In most programs, students who paid over $100 in combined tuition and activity fees during the previous calendar year are eligible for a T2202A tax form.

All students, Canadian or International, are eligible for a T2202A Tax form. You should discuss with your tax consultant or Canada Revenue Agency: International Students Studying in Canada as to whether or not you may be entitled to claim the tuition.

For more information, see: T2202A Tax Receipts.

Why does my Tax Receipt not equal the tuition I paid for the year? 

Only tuition and activity fees are eligible for a tax deduction. Also, if your enrolment starts in one tax year and ends in the next tax year, then the tuition (only) for all courses is pro-rated for each year, based on the number of days attended in each year. The society fee is not included and the entire activity fee is included on the tax receipt in the final year.

For instance, courses taken from September 4, 2015 through to April 12, 2016 will have a portion of tuition only on your 2015 Tax Receipt and the balance on your 2016 Tax Receipt. This will be based on 119 calendar days in 2015 and 102 calendar days in 2016, a total of 221 days enrolled.

More information on T2202A Tax Receipts.

Why does my Tax Receipt not display? 

To view the tax forms on-line, you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. You can get the free program at www.adobe.com, or you can use the quick link button that is on the web page when you select the year and click on <Get Tax Form> button.

If you have a Macintosh computer, note that the built-in file previewer from Apple will not read this file correctly - you must use the Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

Can I get a Tax Receipt for courses taken through Professional Development and Training? 

Students taking a certificate or diploma program or other post-secondary level courses through Professional Development and Training who paid over $100 in combined tuition and activity fees during the previous  calendar year are eligible for a T2202A tax form.

Some general interest courses are eligible for a T2202A tax receipt. To determine whether courses you have taken are eligible, please log in to your online student record and view your current T2202A.

Can someone other than myself get my Tax Receipt? 

No. T2202A's are only issued to the student, regardless of whether they're sponsored by someone, or someone else paid the tuition. However, you may be able to transfer tuition amounts to other individuals, and there is a form included with your tax receipt to do so.

Please contact Canada Revenue Agency: Students or your tax consultant for more information.

How can I get Tax Receipts for years prior to 2004?

Beginning for the 2004 tax year, T2202A Tax Receipts were made available to students online through their VIU Student Record

Duplicate copies for years prior to 2004 have to be ordered at your campus Registration Centre. There is a $10 charge for each prior year requested. For complete instructions on how to order a T2202A Tax Receipt for 2003 or earlier, see: T2202A Tax Receipts.

Can I still get my Tax Receipt even if I have outstanding tuition fees or owe a fine? 

Yes. T2202A forms are always issued and are not withheld due to outstanding fees or fines.

What is the meaning of the Program Name that is showing up on my T2202A tax receipt?

The title of the program in which you were registered in the previous calendar year is listed on your T2202A form.

If you were registered in more than one program, we have selected the one in which you were enrolled for the longest time during that year.

Can I get a Tax Receipt for my English as a Second Language (ESL) courses? 

Hours that students take in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will not be included in the calculation of their full/part time months on their T2202A form.

Tuition amounts that students pay for ESL courses will not be included on the T2202A form.

I don't know my password and can't access my student record.

If you forget either one of these, you must come in-person and during office hours to a Vancouver Island University Registration Centre where you will be required to produce picture identification to release this information.

If you live outside the campus area, you can phone a Vancouver Island University Registration Centre. Verification of information will be done before student record information is released to anyone.

We protect your privacy by not giving information contained in your student record to anyone other than yourself unless we receive written authorization from you to do so, or that person knows the two critical pieces of information: your student number and the answer to the security question that you created in your record.

Can I get a Tax Receipt for my Co-operative Education courses? 

Hours that students take in Co-operative Education courses will not be included in the calculation of their full/part time months on their T2202A form.*

Tuition amounts that students pay for Co-operative Education courses continue to be included on the T2202A form.

* Effective 2006. A list of all changes to 2006 T2202A tax receipts.

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