460 – Tax shield

The tax shield is based on your conjugal status and family income. You can claim it if you were resident in Québec on December 31, 2016, and you (or your spouse, if applicable) are entitled to the tax credit for childcare expenses, the work premium or the adapted work premium. You must, however, meet the following requirements:

  • if you did not have a spouse on December 31, 2016:
    • your net income for the year (line 275 of your 2016 income tax return) is greater than that reported in your 2015 income tax return, and
    • your eligible work income for 2016 is greater than that for 2015 (based on your income tax returns for each of those years); or
  • if you had a spouse on December 31, 2016:
    • your net family income (the total of the amounts on line 275 of your and your spouse's 2016 income tax return) is greater than that for 2015, and
    • your or your spouse's eligible work income for 2016 is greater than that for 2015 (based on your income tax returns for each of those years).

Claiming the tax shield

To claim the tax shield, check box 99 on Schedule C or box 5 on Schedule P.We will calculate the amount to which you are entitled. 

If, however, you would rather calculate the amount yourself, complete form TP-1029.BF-V, Tax Shield. Do not enclose the form with your return, but keep it in your files. 

Splitting the tax credit

If you and your spouse are both claiming the tax shield, the amount of the credit will be split evenly between you.

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