Does pension splitting affect future GIS payments

A widow (as of 2018) just asked me if the pension splitting that I did between her and her late husband's tax return would affect her Guaranteed Income Supplement for the upcoming year. Moving $3,412 of pension from her husband to her did save a small amount in taxes of $262 on his final tax return so it seemed a logical thing to do.

Obviously, however, if doing that means that her potential GIS for the next year would drop by, say $500, it wouldn't have been a good move. I personally don't think this should affect her GIS entitlement since that extra $3,412 for 2018 is purely an artificial transfer for tax purposes. Does anyone have any insight on this concern?

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I think you are correct although I can't actually find it. Even if it does affect the calculation the widow is be able to contact Service Canada to request they calculate based on estimated current year income rather than past year's tax filing due to material change in circumstances...

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