You will see the following error message in H&R Block’s 2016 tax software if, you and your spouse or common-law partner are filing your returns together and the total of the home buyers’ amount claimed on both returns is more than $5,000 (the maximum claimable):
The amounts entered in your return and your spouse's return that you want to claim for the home buyers' amount are more than the total amount you can claim together ($5000.00). Please adjust the amounts entered in both returns so the total is less than $5,000.00. We recommend claiming the credit on the return of the spouse with the higher income. [error code: 331]
How do I fix this?
To correct the error, on the Special situations page, adjust the home buyers’ amounts in one or both of the returns so that the total is equal to or less than $5,000. We recommend that the spouse with the higher income claim the home buyers’ tax credit.
Note: You can find the Special situations page under the OTHER icon of the PREPARE tab.