Are there tax breaks for married or common-law couples?

Tax Savings for Couples

As a married or common-law couple, there may be some ways you can reduce the taxes that you pay. 

This infographic outlines some information you should consider when filing your taxes.

Spousal tax credit

Higher income spouses may be eligible for a non-refundable tax credit. Could reduce the amount of tax you owe.

Pool your charitable donations

Donating to a registered charity could get you a non-refundable tax. 

Pooling your charitable donations and having one partner claim them could allow you to get a larger tax credit.

Pool medical expenses

Medical expenses can be claimed by a spouse or common-law partner on your tax return. 

This tax credit is based on a percentage of your income, so it may be beneficial for the partner with the lower income to claim all the couples medical expenses.

Child care expenses

Some of your child care expenses may be deductible on your tax return. 

Usually, the partner with the lower income must claim these expenses.

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