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hi all

i have been seperated from my husband for about a year; we live in the same house though but after entering his income after entering mine, i ended up owing 3 times the taxes..has this happened to anyone else?  and if so, perhaps I need to think about filing seperately as opposed to jointly?  any one have experience with this?

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There is no concept of “filing jointly” in Canada. That is an American term.  There are however some credits that are based  upon family income, and some benefits from optimizing certain deductions if you are a couple.  If you have been separated for 90 days or more, you each file your own return. If the split happened in the tax year you will need to enter his net income and he yours.  Yes, may end up paying more tax, or he might, depending upon how the above shake out.

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Hello Buddy,

If you wish, you can apply any Quebec tax refund that you have received against the Quebec income tax payable by your spouse. (This option is only offered in Quebec. It is not available federally for the CRA.) 

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