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cant shake off the "MaxBack controls page of the family head file that the spouse or common-law partner amount on line 498 of Schedule 1-A is NIL."

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Hello Dan1,

Family tax cut

Effective January 1, 2016, the federal government eliminated the "Family tax cut".

However, for those who have forgotten to claim their credit for "Family tax cut" either in 2014 or 2015 will be able to claim it.

On October 30, 2014, the federal government introduced a Family Tax Cut, a non-refundable tax credit of up to $ 2,000 for couples with minor-aged children.

This new Family Tax Cut enter into force for the 2014 and subsequent taxation years.

To be eligible for this new credit, you must meet the following conditions:

a) You were a resident of Canada on December 31 of the year (or on   the date of death);

b) You have an eligible spouse or common-law partner for the year who has not claimed the Family Tax Cut;     

c) You have a child who is under 18 at the end of the year who ordinarily lives throughout the year with you or your eligible spouse or common-law partner;. 

d) You were not confined to a prison or similar institution for a period of at least 90 days during the year;   

e) Neither you nor your eligible spouse or common-law partner became bankrupt in the year;

f) Neither you nor your eligible spouse or common-law partner elected to split eligible pension income in the year; and

g) Both you and your eligible spouse or common-law partner file an income tax and benefit return for the year.

For more information, visit the following link:


Note that this is not an income splitting between spouses, but a tax cut for families. We recommend you to study Schedule 1-A, as well as page 2 of Schedule 1 of the federal return to make sure you claim the maximum tax cut for the family.

To claim this non-refundable credit, the spouses must file their returns with the same software.

Please follow the procedure below:

1. In the file of the family head, in the "Left-side menu on the Interview tab", choose the item "Spouse interview type". You must choose "Complete Information (Recommended)", otherwise the program will not calculate Schedule 1-A which determines the Family Tax Cut.

2. Return to the family head's file, and in the "Left-side menu on the Interview tab", select the "Controls";

3. In the page on your right, choose the "Schedule 1-A - Family tax cut" section, and for the line "Claim the family tax cut?"  from the drop-down menu, choose the option that is appropriate for your situation. Only one person can claim this non-refundable credit;

4. You must confirm that you have a child under the age of 18. On the next line, select "Yes" from the drop-down menu to confirm that you had a child under the age of 18 at the end of the year.

5. Again in the "Maxback Control" page, answer the other three (3) questions from the "Schedule 1-A - Family tax cut" section.

Schedule 1-A of the federal return will be generated by the program in the file of the person who will claim the Family Tax Cut, and will indicate on line 21 the tax credit for the Family Tax Cut.

If you forgot to answer one of the questions, a Warning will be generated under the ''Review'' tab, go to "Messages" section displaying the questions you forgot to answer, such as ''You have to confirm that you had a child under the age of 18 at the end of the year. Click here.'' By clicking the link, the program will take you back to the ''Maxback Controls '' page and will indicate the line or lines to correct.

Please ensure that you have made the necessary corrections in the file, otherwise you will not be able to file your return via NETFILE.

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