All You Need To Know About Canada’s Individual Tax Number

Many people who live in the United States travel to Canada, particularly in those northern states.  These trips can be a pretty quick and easy drive, though getting through the physical border can sometimes take a little time.  Other than that, though, this trip is usually not complicated or difficult.

Now, if you are thinking about moving to Canada from the United States, that is a completely different story. If this move simply involves you and a suitcase to start fresh, there will be little complication. If this move, however, involves you bringing many of your belongings with you—including a vehicle—this move will be a little more complicated.

For one, you are going to have to register your vehicle with the country of Canada; that is not the same as registering with a new state of the Union. As a matter of fact, if you want to register your vehicle in Canada, you are going to have to get an ITN.

What is an ITN?

ITN is an abbreviation of Individual Tax Number. This is a unique number assigned to someone who wants to conduct business in Canada. Of course, as an immigrant you are probably not trying to open a business (or, rather, that is a separate issue), but you need this number because it is a form of government identification that provides you with tax privileges.  Natural born Canadian citizens receive a Social Insurance Number when they are born; immigrants get an Individual Tax Number.

If this sounds a little familiar you will be happy to learn that Canada’s SIN is very similar to the SSN in the United States.  These numbers both connect citizens to government programs like taxes, social services, employment, and more.

Why Do You Need An ITN?

Again, you may need to make Itn requests from Clearit.ca when you move to Canada if you want to participate in social programs.  This includes buying and selling goods and paying taxes; and if you are bringing your car along with you, to Canada, you will have to pay various duties and taxes.  This is one reason you might need an ITN.

How Do You Get An ITN?

All this in mind, you may have concluded you need an ITN. If that is the case, of course, you should start collecting these documents:

  • A photocopy of your passport’s bio-data page
  • A photocopy of your passport’s Canada entry stamps
  • A study permit (for international students who have a scholarship)
  • Your ITN application
  • $30 processing fee

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