1. Create a new T1 return.

  2. Navigate to the "Info" page.

  3. Select the tax rates for the following tax year in the "Type of return" section:

  4. Enter the date of death.

  5. Select the "Yes" option for the question "Is this an Early Filed or Elective deceased return?" in the "Filing" section:

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  6. Complete the return, entering any carry forward amounts (e.g., capital or non-capital losses, UCC, etc.).

  7. Enter the income and expenses for the deceased taxpayer.

  8. Navigate to the T1 jacket.

  9. Override the "For planning purposes only" entry with "Final return".

  10. Print the return.

  11. Navigate to the T1 jacket; enter the following tax year in place of the current one.

  12. Mail the return to CRA for processing (see CRA article related to mailing returns).

Saving two returns with the same social insurance number (SIN)

Two returns can be saved with the same social insurance number by using "The estate of the late client" option.

  1. Select the "Save As..." option from the "File" drop-down menu in the top toolbar.

The "Save As" window displays.

  2. Add "The estate of" designation to the name:


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