How can I file a separate return if I have a spouse or common-law partner?

If you and your spouse or common-law partner decide to file your returns separately, you will need to share certain amounts from your return with your spouse or common-law partner and vice versa. This is required to correctly calculate and claim credits and benefits to which you may be entitled. The following examples will give you an idea of what information you will need from your spouse’s or common-law partner’s federal Schedule 1:

  • Total income, Net income, and Taxable income
  • Amounts for Universal child care benefits (UCCB), child care expenses, etc.
  • Basic personal amount
  • Age amount
  • EI and CPP contributions

You will also need the following amounts from his or her provincial tax form:

  • Basic personal amount
  • Age amount
  • EI and CPP contributions

 

Where do I claim this?

To enter amounts from your spouse’s or common-law partner’s 2015 income tax return into your return, follow these steps:

  1. Click the PREPARE tab.
  2. Click the OTHER icon. You will find yourself here:
  3. On the Amounts from {Spouse’s} 2015 return page, enter the amounts from your spouse’s or common-law partner’s 2015 income tax return.

If your spouse or common-law partner used H&R Block’s tax software, they can find these amounts on their return by following these steps:

  1. Click the WRAP-UP tab.
  2. Click the SUMMARY icon.
  1. Scroll down and click the Download a Copy button to see a full version of your return.

Note: If your spouse or common-law partner filed their return with NETFILE, he or she can also download a PDF copy of the return and/or print it.