You will see the following NETFILE error message from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in H&R Block’s 2016 tax software if you indicated you are married or common-law with no separation in the year and are claiming an eligible dependant amount:
The client’s marital status is married or common-law and there is a claim for eligible dependant at field 305 of Schedule 1 and/or at field 5816 of provincial or territorial Form 428, and no claim at field 5522, marital status indicator, or field 5529, current year separation indicator. If the client’s marital status changed in the tax year, an entry of 1 is required at field 5522 and/or field 5529 for processing purposes. Otherwise, remove the entries at fields 305, 5106, 5110, and/or 5816.
How do I fix this?
To correct this error, make sure you enter your marital status correctly and indicate if your marital status changed during the year. If you were married or common-law on December 31 but separated from your spouse or common-law partner during the year, you must confirm your separation and reconciliation (if applicable) details. To do so, go to the Your family page under the ABOUT YOU icon of the GET STARTED tab.
Note: You can claim the eligible dependant amount only if at any time in the year you met all of the following conditions:
- You did not have a spouse or common-law partner or, if you did, you were not living with, supporting, or being supported by that person.
- You supported a dependant in 2016.
- You lived with the dependant in a home you maintained. You cannot claim this amount for a person who was only visiting you.
The dependant must also have been either:
- Your parent or grandparent by blood, marriage, common-law partnership, or adoption; or
- Your child, grandchild, brother, or sister, by blood, marriage, common-law partnership, or adoption and under 18 years of age or had an impairment in physical or mental functions.