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How do I add (or remove) the amount for an eligible dependant from my tax return?

You may be able to claim the amount for an eligible dependant if, at any time in the tax year, you met all of the following conditions at once:

  • You did not have a spouse or common-law partner or, if you did, you were not living with, supporting, or being supported by that person.
  • You supported a dependant.
  • You lived with the dependant (in most cases in Canada) in a home you maintained (you cannot claim this amount for a person who was only visiting you).

In addition, at the time you met the above conditions, the dependant must also have been either:

  • Your parent or grandparent by blood, marriage, common-law partnership, or adoption
  • Your child, grandchild, brother, or sister, by blood, marriage, common-law partnership, or adoption and under 18 years of age or had an impairment in physical or mental functions.

Note: The Find button is visible once you've completed the Introduction and Profile sections of your return. If you don't see it, go back to those sections and enter all your information.

1.  Select Find (the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu.

2.  Type Amount for an eligible dependant, and select Go. The Your children and other dependants page should appear.

3.  Select Enter Credit Info. The Claim Dependant Credits page should appear.

4.  If you haven’t already done so, check the box for Amount for an eligible dependant, then select Continue.

5.  Answer Yes to the question Do you wish to make the claim for the amount for an eligible dependant?, and select Continue.

6.  Repeat steps 3-5 for each of your dependants.

7.  When you’re done entering all of your dependants, select Done Entering Credits.

1.  Select Find (the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu.

2.  Type Claims for dependants, and select Go. The Claims for dependants page should appear.

3.  Answer Yes to the question Would you like to review or claim any of these credits?, then select Continue.

4.  Select your first (or only) dependant from the list, then select Enter Dependant Credits.

5.  Check the box Amount for an eligible dependant, then select Continue

6.  Answer Yes to the question Do you wish to make the claim for the amount for an eligible dependant (formerly the "Equivalent-to-spouse amount")?, then select Continue.

7.  Repeat steps 4-6 for each of your dependants.

8.  When you’re done entering all of your dependants, select Done Entering Credits.

1.  Select Find (the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu.

2.  Type Amount for an eligible dependant, and select Go. The Your children and other dependants page should appear.

3.  Select Enter Credit Info. The Claim Dependant Credits page should appear.

4.  If you haven’t already done so, check the box for Amount for an eligible dependant then select Continue.

5.  Answer No to the question Do you wish to make the claim for the amount for an eligible dependant, and select Continue.

6.  Repeat steps 3-5 for each of your dependants.

7.  When you’re done entering all of your dependants, select Done Entering Credits.

1.  Select Find (the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu.

2.  Type Claims for dependants, and select Go. The Claims for dependants page appears.

3.  Answer Yes to the question ‘Would you like to review or claim any of these credits?’, then select Continue.

4.  Select your first (or only) dependant from the list, then select Enter Dependant Credits.

5.  Check the box Amount for an eligible dependant, then select Continue.

6.  Answer No to the question ‘Do you wish to make the claim for the amount for an eligible dependant (formerly the "Equivalent-to-spouse amount")?’, then select Continue.

7.  Repeat steps 4-6 for each of your dependants.

8.  When you’re done entering all of your dependants, select Done Entering Credits.

Related information

Who can claim the tax credit for an eligible dependant?

Can I claim the eligible dependant credit for more than one child?

What is the amount for an eligible dependant?

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