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I forgot to claim my tuition amount in a prior year, can I claim it this year?

If you forgot to claim your tuition amounts in a prior year, you can’t report the tuition on this year’s return. You must amend the prior year return, claim the credit in that year, and then calculate any unused amounts that you’re allowed to claim this year. This might involve changing tax returns for several years.

For example, let’s say you’re working on your tax return and you forgot to claim a T2202A from . You must:

  1. Start by amending your return to include both the federal and provincial tuition amounts.

  2. Determine your unused federal and provincial amounts available to carry forward from .

  3. If you have unused amounts from , amend your return to include the unused tuition amounts.

  4. Determine your unused federal and provincial amounts available to carry forward from .

  5. If you have unused amounts from , include these on your return.

Here’s how to change a prior year return.