What if my marital status changed in 2015?

Keeping your marital status up to date allows you to maximize any claims you're entitled to. It could also prevent any improper claims being made that might result in you having to give money back to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or Revenu Québec.

For Canadian residents outside of Québec: A change in your marital status can affect certain benefits and credits you receive such as the:

  • GST/HST credit
  • Canada child tax benefit (CCTB)
  • Working income tax benefit (WITB)

The CRA recalculates your benefits based on your revised net family income based on the change in your marital status, as well as, the number of children you have and their ages, and province of residency.  Note: If you receive your benefits by direct deposit, check the accuracy of your financial information with the CRA to avoid payments going to the wrong bank account (for example, an account you share with your ex-spouse/common-law partner).

You must report a change in your marital status at the end of the month following the month it changes, except in the case of separation.  For example, if your marital status changed in August 2015, you must notify the CRA no later than September 30, 2015. If you're separated, you must wait until the separation lasts for at least 90 days before notifying the CRA of the change.

You can notify the CRA of your change in marital status by any of the following methods:

  • Use Change my marital statuson the My Account service (if you're registered) on the CRA website;
  • Call 1-800-387-1193; or
  • Mail form RC65: Marital Status Changeor a letter to the tax centre that assesses your returns.

Your letter should include the date (day, month and year) of the change, your name, your Social Insurance Number and your spouse's or common-law partner's name and Social Insurance Number (if applicable).

 

For Canadian residents in Québec: A change in your marital or conjugal status can affect benefits and credits you receive such as the:

  • Child assistance payments
  • Solidarity tax credit

Amounts you receive in benefits and credits are revised according to your new marital status.

If you receive child assistance payments and your marital status changes during the course of the year, you must inform Regie des rentes du Québec (RRQ). Otherwise, notify Revenu Québec of the change in your marital status.

You must report a change in your marital status at the end of the month following the month it changes, except in the case of separation.  If you're separated, you must wait until the separation lasts for at least 90 days before notifying Revenu Québec or RRQ of the change.

If you receive child assistance payments, contact RRQ at 1-800 667-9625 or use their Change in Conjugal Status online service to report a change in your marital status.

If you receive the Solidarity tax credit, notify Revenu Québec of a change in your marital status by mailing a completed form TP-1029.CS.3-V: Notice of Change in Situation: Solidarity Tax Credit or using their Give Notification of a Change in Situation: Solidarity Tax Credit online service.

Note: If you receive your benefits by direct deposit, check the accuracy of your financial information with the Revenu Québec to avoid payments going to the wrong bank account (for example, an account you share with your ex-spouse/common-law partner).
 

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