I am trying to fill out the MB 479 for a client married during the year. Up till October they lived in seperate residences, he paid property taxes she paid rent. I cannot figure out how to get her rent credit for her. She is claimed as a dependant.

He of course has gotten his 700 but what about all the rent she paid living in a different place than him before marriage.

Answer

First you have to specify that the marital status changed in 2011, you will have to include the date they got married and maybe their different address.  However if you specify on the tax return that they are married then you have to add a spouse, not a dependent. They should have the same address on the tax return.  You start the tax return for the husband or the wife and then add the other spouse and do the full tax return.  On the tax return, you cannot add a spouse as a dependent, as you have to specify what is the dependent (son, daughter, niece, grandmother), it will not give you the option to chose wife or husband as a dependant.
As per the credits for rent or property tax to claim on form 479, in Manitoba you can only claim the credit for one principal residence.  For a couple, it is the combined household, principal residence for the couple.  You have to choose and explain to your client that they have to choose what is the principal residence and the credit to claim. Maybe claiming the property taxes is better as the credit is more expensive.
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