If you are in a household with a partner and/or children, ensure that each family member’s status is up-to-date with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Revenu Québec, depending on where you live. Keeping the taxman up-to-date is especially important when a life event occurs (such as your marital status changes or children arrive or leave home). Check the CRA website (and Revenu Québec, if applicable) to investigate what benefits, credits or deductions may be available to you and your family.
CRA and Revenu Québec want to know your marital status. If your status changes, update your profile. Do it immediately if you are entering a relationship and are entitled to any government payments, or after 90 days of separation from your spouse/partner. CRA uses the following categories to define marital status:
For the last point, separated, it should be noted that this is not applicable if the separation is for work, school or health reasons. It should also be noted that formal separation will impact child and family benefits.
Spouses and common-law partners are required to enter each other’s personal information on their annual tax returns.
Having dependents will affect your tax profile. A dependant, whether by blood, marriage, common-law partnership or adoption (legal or in fact) may include: