The difference between adding a dependant to a family return and using the Dep worksheet
When you add a dependant to a family return, you create a NEW return for a person who may have their own income to report and credits to claim. Family returns allow you to prepare full tax returns for the taxpayer, spouse/partner and any number of dependants in a single TaxCycle T1 file.
To claim amounts and credits for a dependant under 18 years of age, use the Dep worksheet. This worksheet provides detailed calculations or data entry for specific dependant-related credits, such as:
- Tuition, education and textbook transfers from a child
- Fitness, art and child-care expenses
- Disability amount transfer
- Provincial claims
|Dependant in a family return
Added to a principal taxpayer's return to complete a full tax return for the dependant. If a taxpayer is single, separated, widowed or divorced, you can still add dependants' returns without having a spouse/partner return in the file.
|Completed in the principal taxpayer's return to claim tax credits without preparing a full tax return for the dependant.
|The Dep worksheet shows in both the principal taxpayer and spouse returns.
||The Dep worksheet shows in both the principal taxpayer and spouse returns.
|Shares tax credits between from the dependant's return with family members. TaxCycle transfers unused credits to the supporting taxpayer(s).
||Allows you to claim amounts for dependants under 18 years of age.
|You must file the tax return for the dependant.
You do not need to file the tax return for the dependant.
|Dependant appears on the Family summary.
Dependant does not appear on the Family summary.