Choosing the dependant for whom you want to claim the Eligible Dependant amount

You can claim the Eligible Dependant amount if you were single, widowed, separated, or divorced at some point of time during the tax year, and solely supported a dependant or several dependants. If you have more than one dependant and want to claim the Eligible Dependant amount, H&R Block’s Tax Software will ask you to choose the eligible dependant for whom you want to claim the amount on the Optimization page under the WRAP-UP tab.

Note: The software will only show those dependants on this page that meet Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA’s) eligibility requirements for the Eligible Dependant amount.

We recommend that you select the dependant with the lowest income. Note that, you cannot claim the Eligible Dependant amount for a dependant that is being claimed by someone else or for whom you are also claiming the following provincial tax credits:

  • Nova Scotia – Reduction for dependent children born in 1997 or later
  • Nunavut – Amount for young children less than 6 years of age
  • Saskatchewan – Amount for dependent children born in 1997 or later

Tax tip: If you are claiming the Nova Scotia or Saskatchewan amount for a dependant child born in 1997 or later, select an eligible dependant that is older than 18 years of age for your Eligible Dependant amount to maximize your tax return. If you are claiming the Nunavut amount for young children less than 6 years of age, select an eligible dependant that is older than 6 years of age for the Eligible Dependant amount to maximize your tax return.

 

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