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How to file your 2021 tax return if you moved to Canada on December 29


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Hi everyone,

I emigrated to Canada in the last days of 2021 in order to begin my postdoctoral research position on January 1, 2022. Now my issue is how I can submit my 2021 tax return. I have only been in Canada for two days in 2021. Should I report my income from my nation of origin? If yes, where should this be reflected? In the part on foreign income?

Thanks for your helps,


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Hello MFereshtehpour,

If you lived in Canada for only part of the year, 2 days in 2021, you would file an Income Tax and Benefit Return if you: 

  • have to pay tax for the year
  • want to claim a refund
  • want to get benefit and credit payments

For more information on when and why to submit a tax return, please refer to the link below to the Canada Revenue Agency website:


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