Everything You Need to Know about Canada’s Individual Tax Number

People who live in the United States have the excellent benefit of being able to drive to Canada, if they so choose. Of course, those who live in the Northern states have a little more access than those in other parts of the country.  For the most part, driving from the US to Canada is pretty simple, requiring a little bit of time to make your way through customs, at the border.

Trying to move from the US to Canada, on the other hand, is something else entirely, especially if you plan to bring major possessions with you.  If you want to bring your vehicle along with you, for example, you will have to register it in Canada.  And in order to register your car in Canada, you will have to get an ITN, or an Individual Tax Number.

What is the INDIVIDUAL TAX NUMBER?

More conveniently known as an ITN, the Individual Tax Number is a unique set of digits assigned to every person who conducts any kind of business in the country of Canada.  Now, a person who is moving to Canada may not necessarily be doing so for the purposes of managing a business, but this number is a type of government identification that allows you to participate in the Canadian tax system, as an immigrant.  Natural born Canadians receive a Social Insurance Number at birth, which is pretty much the same thing as the Social Security Number, in the United States, connecting you to benefits like income tax, social services, employment, etc.

Why Do You Need an INDIVIDUAL TAX NUMBER?

If you want to participate in any government programs in Canada, you will need to make Clearit.ca itn requests.  When you bring your car from another country into Canada, it is essentially an act of import and will involve the payment of several duties and taxes.

How Do You Get an INDIVIDUAL TAX NUMBER?

If you are planning a move to Canada, you might want to get your Individual Tax Number process started. In order to get an ITN, you will need to have:

  • A photocopy of the bio-data page from your passport
  • A photocopy of the Canada entry stamps in your passport
  • A study permit (if you are an international student and you have a scholarship)
  • Your Individual Tax Number application
  • A processing fee of $30