Warning: Marital status can’t be Single

You will see the following error in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software if, you indicated that your marital status changed to Single in 2018 and before the change, you were Married or Common-law:

You noted your marital status changed in 2018 and before this change, your marital status was married or common law. Because your marital status changed in 2018, you can’t choose single as your marital status on December 31, 2018. It should be either separated or divorced. If you choose single as your marital status on Dec. 31, you can’t claim any amounts related to your ex-spouse/partner. If you want to claim these amounts, choose separated or divorced as your marital status on December 31, 2018. [warning] 

 

How do I fix this?

To clear this warning, return to the Your family page and select either Separated or Divorced as your marital status. Since your marital status changed from Married or Common-law in 2018, you can’t choose Single as your marital status – according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you’re Single if you’ve never been married or in a common-law relationship.

If you’re claiming any amounts related to your ex-spouse or ex-partner on your return, then make sure you select the correct marital status that applies to you. If your marital status is Single, you won’t be able to claim these amounts.

Note: If your spouse passed away in 2018, select Widowed as your marital status on December 31, 2018 to ensure that you’re able to claim the amounts related to your deceased spouse or partner.

If you carried forward your return from last year, your spouse’s or partner’s information will automatically be entered in your 2018 return. If you want to file your return with a Single marital status, make sure you:

  1. Delete your ex-spouse’s or ex-partner’s first name and social insurance number from the Your spouse’s personal information page.

  2. Delete any amounts that are on the Your spouse’s return page and select No in response to the questions about your ex-spouse transferring unused amounts to you and claiming the spouse amount.

Notes

  • Your family page is under the ABOUT YOU icon on the GET STARTED tab

  • Your spouse’s personal information page is under the ABOUT YOUR SPOUSE icon on the GET STARTED tab

  • Your spouse’s return page is under the REQUIRED icon on the PREPARE tab

 

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