Dependants name changes automatically in profile when one of their parents name changes.

I had a situation where a client of mine was in the divorced status and she had three dependants. She re-married about seven years ago and had a name change. Recently one of her dependants turned 18 in 2012 and was a first time tax filer. I had forgotten her previous married name from seven years ago but her son’s name never changed to her new married surname but rather kept his birth surname. Profile erroneously changed his surname to his mother’s new surname seven years ago and his return was e-filed and accepted under her surname because he was a first time filer.

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The original Tax preparer error seven years ago in failing to  double check and override the surname of the dependents  has definitely carried forward to haunt these clients.
Now that the dependent has filed his first tax return with the incorrect name he simply has to contact CRA and provide them with the correct information  to update his file within CRA records.
This is certainly unfortunate that your client is faced with extra paperwork however it should serve as a reminder that prior to EFiling any tax return ALL of the forms and worksheets should be reviewed thoroughly.
As for ProFIle Dependent worksheet - the surname is linked to the Info page  surname and  often needs to be overridden and changed due to the many varying situations that occur with family situations in this day and age.
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