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May 02, 2022

How Does the CRA Define Your Relationship?


Marital status options for tax filing.


Canada’s tax system requires every individual to file an income tax return for the year, even if they are married or living in a common-law relationship. Canada does not have joint married or common-law partner returns. When preparing a T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return, however, the CRA wants to know if you have a spouse or commonlaw partner (CLP) as some benefits are calculated based on family income and/or marital status. Read more here.

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Published April 8, 2022.