Schedule H: Québec tax credit for caregivers

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What is this?

Schedule H is the Revenu Québec form used for claiming the tax credit for caregivers. The tax credit for caregivers is a refundable tax credit that you can claim if you are the caregiver of your elderly spouse who is unable to live alone, you provide housing for an eligible relative, or you live with an eligible relative who is unable to live alone.

Eligible relatives must have lived with you for at least 365 consecutive days and must have been 70 years of age or older at the end of the year, or 18 years or older with a severe and prolonged impairment in mental or physical functions.

 

Am I eligible?

Revenu Québec says…

To claim the tax credit, you must meet certain conditions, including both of the following:

If you were in one of the following situations, you may be able to claim the tax credit:

  • You were the caregiver of a spouse who was a senior and unable to live alone;
  • You were the caregiver of an eligible relative who lived with you in the year (you were housing an eligible relative); or
  • You were the caregiver of an eligible relative and you were cohabiting with that person (eligible relative was unable to live alone).

Note: An eligible relative over the age of 70 can be your or your spouse’s parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt, great-uncle or great aunt. An eligible relative with an impairment can be your or your spouse’s parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, niece, nephew, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or great-aunt or great-uncle.

The amount of tax credit you can claim depends on the situation listed above.

If another person is claiming the tax credit as a caregiver housing an eligible relative or as a caregiver living with an eligible relative with respect to you or your spouse, you cannot claim the tax credit as a caregiver of a spouse.

If you and another person are eligible to claim the tax credit as a caregiver housing an eligible relative, you can both split the credit amount.

If you and another person lived with an eligible relative and are both eligible to claim the tax credit as a caregiver, only the primary caregiver can claim the credit amount.

Note: You may also be eligible to claim the federal Caregiver Amount. Click this link for more information.

 

Where do I claim this?

Important: Before you begin, ensure that you told us that you lived in QUÉBEC on December 31st of the 2015 tax year, in H&R Block’s tax software. To do this:

1. Click the HOME tab.
2. Click the ABOUT YOU icon, and click the Your residence link. You will find yourself here:

Once you have confirmed your residence location, claim your Tax credit for caregivers by following these steps:

1. Click the PREPARE tab.
2. Click the OTHER icon.


3. Under the MEDICAL & DISABILITY RELATED CARE heading click the checkbox labelled Tax credit for caregivers (Schedule H).
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Continue.

When you arrive at the page for the tax credit for caregivers, enter your information into the tax software.

 
 

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