Equivalent-to-married (ETM) status for wholly dependent person credit:

A tax credit base equal to the tax credit base for married status is provided for a wholly dependent person where the taxpayer is not entitled to a married credit. This credit might apply to an individual who, at any time in the year, was single, divorced, separated, widowed and who supported a dependent who is:

–          Related to the individual by blood, marriage, adoption or common-law relationship

–          Under 18 at any time during the year, or the individual’s parent or grandparent, or mentally or physically infirm;

–          Living with the individual in a home that the individual maintains and

–          Residing in Canada

Note that only 1 ETM credit may be claimed in one year.

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