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My husband is non resident and doesn't have SIN number. I selected 'Net income only' and tried to enter basic information.

I put 000000000 in SIN number field, but what information I need to enter in Net federal income field?

He doesn't have any income in 2019.






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Hi Jina, to enter your spouse information, follow the procedure below:

In such a case, the spouse who is a Canadian resident must be designated as the "Family head" (i.e., the first person whose information is entered in the program). Please follow these steps:

1- In the "Left side menu on the Interview tab" of the family head's file, select "Identification", and on the screen to the right, go the line "Marital status on December 31, 2019" and select "Married" or "Common-law spouse"; then click on "Next" at the bottom of the page.

2- Return to the "Left side menu on the Interview tab" and click "Spouse interview type". In the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the screen, choose "Net income only", and then click "Next" at the bottom of the page.

3- The line "Spouse - basic information" will appear in the "Left side menu on the Interview tab". Select this line and complete the fields on the right-hand side.

If the spouse does not have a SIN, enter 000-000-000. The taxpayer who is a Canadian resident may file the federal tax return electronically via NetFile. For Québec residents, the provincial tax return must be printed and mailed since the spouse doesn't have a SIN.

Please note that it is not possible to transmit the tax return via NETFILE if you do not have a social insurance number, but only a temporary identification number that begins with 0.

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Thanks for your answer. I have one more question.

What about the Net federal income field "Spouse - basic information"?

"Net federal income of your spouse (line 23600 of his or her return) OR net world income in Canadian dollars, if your spouse is a non-resident of Canada.
Warning: Do not use an estimated income below the actual. See help for more information."

Can I put $0 if my spouse did not work in 2019?






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Hello, I have a similar question.

How about if I am a non-resident (staying on a 1year Working holiday visa and going back to my home country after it expires)
and married, but my husband is in my country and not coming to Canada ?

Should I follow the same steps as you mentioned above and indicate his world income of 2019 in CAD ?


Thank you.

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  • 10 months later...

Hello samuel ttm. I suspect the conditions of a visitor's visa would not make your spouse a resident for tax purposes even if they exceeded the 183 day period. Those visas may allow a stay of more than six months. That said you would be best to contact CRA directly. You might more specifically want to contact the International office of CRA.

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  • 11 months later...

I also have a non-resident spouse who has never lived or worked in Canada. In the "Spouse - Basic Information" section, do I need to declare her net world income for 2021 on my tax return this year, even though her income is not taxable in Canada and I will not be claiming the spousal benefit?

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