I was not working and dependant on my husband from July 2012 until May 2014. I did not collect any entitlement or benefit. How can I claim this on my taxes?

can I claim the eqivalent to spouse? I am the spouse...

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You can only claim the Eligible Dependent (Equivalent to Spouse) if you met all of the conditions (including not having a spouse) at any time during the year. The same applies to being claimed as an Eligible Dependent:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns300-350/305/lgbl-eng.html

Note that you are the spouse on your husband's return, and he is the spouse on yours.

Depending on your respective incomes, one or both of you may be able to claim the deduction for a spouse:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns300-350/303/menu-eng.html

Except where carry-forward or carry-back amounts are involved, your employment status or income prior to 2014 does not affect your 2014 return. If you were not working and dependent on your husband in 2012 and 2013, he would have been able to claim the spousal deductions for those years. If he did not, and missed potential tax savings because of it, he may be able to amend his returns for those years and receive a refund. See the following for how to do so:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/changereturn/





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