Amount for a Person Living Alone (Québec)

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What is this?

You can claim this tax credit if you are a Québec resident and throughout the year you maintained and lived in a dwelling in which you lived:

  • Alone;
  • Only with one or more minors; or
  • Only with one or more of your children 18 years or over who were full-time students pursuing vocational training at the secondary level or post-secondary studies.

The amount you can claim is based on your net income and reduces your income tax payable for the year.

Note: You must keep all documents that support your claim – school and municipal tax bills, lease, home insurance policy, utility bills, etc.

If you are entitled to the amount for a person living alone, you may also be able to claim an additional amount for a person living alone (single-parent family). The additional amount is reduced if, at any time in the year, you were entitled to child assistance payments from the Régie des rentes du Québec.

 

Am I eligible?

You can claim the amount for a person living alone if, throughout the tax year, you maintained and lived in a dwelling (house, apartment, or a similar residence where one normally eats and sleeps, and that is equipped with a kitchen and bathroom facilities) and lived:

  • Alone;
  • Only with one or more minors; or
  • Only with one or more of your children 18 years or over who were full-time students pursuing vocational training at the secondary level or post-secondary studies.

In addition, your net family income must be below the threshold specified on Schedule B.

You may also be eligible for an additional amount (single-parent family) if you are entitled to the amount for a person living alone and:

  • During the year, you lived with a child 18 or older who can transfer to you anamount for a child 18 or over enrolled in post-secondary studies or could have transferred such an amount had he or she not earned income.
  • For the month of December of that year, you were not entitled to a child assistance payment from the Régie des rentes du Québec.

 

Where do I claim this?

Important: Before you begin, make sure you tell us 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:

You must also make sure that you have told us about any dependants who lived with you. To do this:

1. Click the HOME tab.
2. Click the ABOUT YOUR DEPENDANTS icon. Enter all the required information about your dependants.

Note: If you want to enter more than one dependant, click the +Add Another Dependant button..

Once you have noted your residency in Québec and told us about your dependants (if applicable), follow these steps to claim the amount:

1. Click the OTHER tab.
2. Click the Special Situations link.
3. Select Yes to the question, Would you like to claim the Quebec credit for persons living alone?.

Note: The software automatically calculates the amount you can claim, including the additional amount, based on your net family income.

 

Where can I learn more?