Individuals with a partner

Before you start

It is important to correctly report an individual’s marital status on their return to ensure that they receive their entitled benefits and credits.

Take a moment to ensure that the individuals understand their current marital status, and how any changes to it could affect their benefit and credit payments.

If the individual has a spouse or common-law partner, you must indicate whether you are providing complete information for the spouse or common-law partner, or only reporting their net income on the individual’s return. If you are completing a return for each spouse or common-law partner:

Important note

If you are providing net income only for an individual’s spouse or common law partner, but the individual does not know the exact amount, an estimate of their spouse or common law partner’s net income amount can be used. It is not recommended that you use an estimate that is lower than their actual income. Doing so could lead to incorrect benefit payments and could cause delays, interest charges, and penalties.

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