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Published: April 10, 2020

Last Updated: April 17, 2020

From a Canadian income tax perspective, you don’t have to make a trip to the altar to be considered married, since the meaning of spouse includes a common law spouse. This could affect the amount of your GST credit and other credits, and restrict your ability to claim the equivalent -to-married credit for a dependent family member. These rules are equally applicable to same sex relationships.


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