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How does a change in marital status affect my tax return?

Your marital status can affect your taxes and any benefit and credit payments for which you’re eligible. Let the CRA know about your new marital status by the end of the following month after the status change. Some exceptions apply:

  • If you’ve separated, let 90 consecutive days pass before notifying the CRA.
  • If you’ve become widowed, provide the CRA with the deceased's date of death as soon as possible.

To avoid issues with NETFILE, wait until after you’ve notified the CRA before doing your taxes. Remember that the marital status on your tax return is based on your status at the end of that tax year.

Note: TurboTax offers a coupled return option to maximize the credits and deductions you’re entitled to overall as a pair. Where possible, the partner with the higher income should maximize deductions to lower their tax rate.

If you’re newly married or have recently entered a common-law relationship, you may benefit from: 

  • A spousal/common-law transfer, where one partner transfers certain non-refundable credits to the other partner in order to reduce the couple’s tax bill overall. Eligible credits include the age, disability, pension income, and tuition amounts.
  • The spouse/common-law partner amount, which is a non-refundable credit that’s claimable if one partner supported the other during the year.
  • Pooling your charitable donations or medical expenses to receive a larger tax credit.
  • Deducting any contributions you made to your partner’s RRSP from your taxable income. Note that these contributions reduce your own deduction limit.

Your change in marital status might impact other credits and benefits you receive, including: 

  • Income-based payments, such as the GST/HST credit, Canada workers benefit (CWB), and Canada child benefit (CCB), for which you may no longer be eligible.
  • The Family Allowance payment and solidarity tax credit if you live in Québec.

Note: While TurboTax's coupled return option isn't available to divorced or separated couples, you'll still need to provide some information about your ex-partner on your return.

If you’re recently divorced or separated, you may be eligible to claim: 

Your change in marital status might impact other credits and benefits you receive, including: 

  • Income-based payments, such as the GST/HST credit, Canada workers benefit (CWB), and Canada child benefit (CCB), the amount of which you receive may change.
  • The Family Allowance payment and solidarity tax credit if you live in Québec.

Note: If your spouse/partner has passed away, you’ll need to complete their final return separately.

If you’re recently widowed, you may be eligible to claim:

  • Survivor benefits under the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which has three common benefits: the death benefit, survivor’s pension, and children’s benefit. For you to receive survivor benefits, your partner must have made contributions to the CPP.

Your change in marital status might impact other credits and benefits you receive, including: 

  • Income-based payments, such as the GST/HST credit, Canada workers benefit (CWB), and Canada child benefit (CCB), the amount of which you receive may change.
  • The Family Allowance payment and solidarity tax credit if you live in Québec.

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