When you don’t know your spouse’s income and can’t find out through reasonable means, the CRA recommends that you enter your best estimate.
- The CRA will assess you and your spouse’s (or former spouse’s) returns together to ensure that the credits and deductions were correctly applied between you. If there’s any inaccuracy or mismatch, they’ll reassess your returns
- Tip: You may want to save your tax refund (if any) until you receive your Notice of Assessment or Reassessment in case some or all of it needs to be repaid
Important: If you don’t enter your spouse’s income (or an estimate), it’s important that you don't claim the Spousal Amount. For more information, read the Spouse or common-law partner amount page on the CRA website.
To avoid claiming the Spousal Amount, complete the following steps:
Note: Whether you enter an amount for your spouse’s income or not, you should complete the rest of the information on your spouse to the best of your ability, especially if you have dependants. The CRA relies on this information to ensure that both you and your spouse are compliant in claiming dependant credits.