my sixteen year old child worked and has a t-slip do I claim them or do they need to do a return themselves?

I'm wanting to know if I have to put my sons t-slip information on my return or if he has to file his own tax return?

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You do not report another individual's income on your return, except for spousal income.
The individual, in this case your son, should report the income on his return.

Generally speaking a minor doesn't have to file a return unless they owe tax, or need to claim specific credits such as tuition, or have had tax deducted at source and need a tax rebate. However, earned income does create RRSP deductibility for the future, so it may be worth the price of a stamp to gave him file. It's a great free learning exercise anyway!

The only situation where your sons income might get factored into your return would be if you are claiming a credit for him that is affected by his net income. You would beaded for that information at the appropriate step.
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