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Is the tax transfer for residents of Quebec using Line 438 mandatory?

It seems that this is optional but I want to be certain.

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Is the tax transfer for residents of Quebec using Line 438 mandatory?

From CRA;

Line 438 - Tax transfer for residents of Quebec

If you were a resident of Quebec on December 31, 2017, and you earned income, such as employment income, outside Quebec during 2017, tax may have been deducted for a province or territory other than Quebec.

You can (emphasis added) transfer to the province of Quebec up to 45% of the income tax shown on information slips issued to you by payers outside Quebec.

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Is the tax transfer for residents of Quebec using Line 438 mandatory?

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Is the tax transfer for residents of Quebec using Line 438 mandatory?

I was a resident of Quebec on the 31st of December. Then, is the transfer of 45% mandatory or is it optional?
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Is the tax transfer for residents of Quebec using Line 438 mandatory?

CRA uses the word CAN versus the word MUST. I will leave it to you to interpret the meaning of can vs must and decide if you are going  to transfer a federal tax refund to a Quebec balance owing. This of course does not address whether you SHOULD do the transfer.
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