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New income-splitting rules might make some couples want to fudge their relationship statuses. The tax rules benefit married and common-law couples who have children under age 18. Unfortunately, single parents get nothing.

But to ensure clients are being completely honest, CRA might start examining the state of a couple’s relationship, asking specific questions, reports Financial Post. This could include whether the couple sleeps in the same room, eats meals together, or buys gifts for eachother on special occasions.

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Originally published on Advisor.ca

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