Spouse - Newcomers to Canada - Immigrants
You are a resident of Canada and your spouse immigrated to Canada during the tax year.
As a first step, you must indicate in your file that your spouse has joined you. To do this, follow these steps:
1 - In the "QuikClik Navigator" to the left of the screen, select "Interview setup''.
2 - In the screen on the right, under "Other personal situations", check "Immigrant, emigrant, non resident taxpayer, you are a canadian resident and your spouse immigrated to Canada in the year" and click "Next" at the bottom of the page.
3 - Return to the "QuikClik Navigator " and select the "Immigrant, emigrant, non-resident". Then, in the screen on your right, choose the line, "You are a canadian resident and your spouse immigrated to Canada in 2013".
4 - In the new page that opens, on the line "Your net income while you were living in Canada with your spouse" specify your net income while you lived with your spouse, as only this amount will be considered to apply the spousal amount on line 303 of the federal return.
Thereafter, complete your return.
You must add your spouse to the file. To do this, follow these steps :
1 - In the "Family Members " section on the left of the screen, click "Add family member" and click on "Add a spouse".
2 - Complete the fields "Identification", "CRA Questions" and, if you are a Quebec resident, "Revenu Québec questions".
3 - Then under "Interview setup " under "Other personal situations" section check the case "Immigrant, emigrant, non resident taxpayer, you are a canadian resident and your spouse immigrated to Canada in the year" and click on ''Next'' "at the bottom of the page.
4 - Return to the "QuikClik Navigator", select the '' Immigrant emigrant, non-resident" and in the screen on your right choose the line "You have immigrated to Canada in 2013".
5 - On the page "Immigration to Canada" complete the fields preceded by a red asterisk "*" as they are mandatory.
6 - For the "Canadian sourced income (excluding Part XIII income) earned when you were not a resident of Canada" choose the option which suits you in the drop down menu and in the field preceded by the " $ " sign, enter the income earned. Enter $0 if there is none.
7 - For "Canadian sources Part XIII income PLUS foreign sourced income earned when you were not a resident of Canada ", indicate the country in which the income was earned and in the dropdown menu, select the option that suits you. Enter the earned income in the field before the "$" sign. Enter $0 if there is none.
8 - Complete the remaining fields on the page, but if you do not have income from these sources, do not enter a value, leave the fields blank.
You can file the federal return using NETFILE, however for Quebec residents, you must send your Quebec return by mail.
For more information on new arrivals, please visit the following links:
For the CRA:
For Revenu Quebec: