Who qualifies for the disability tax credit?
When Adventure Place told us about the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in 2009, our son was 11 and no one had offered up this information prior to this meeting. Nonetheless, we were astonished to know that we could apply for this rather large credit to help pay for some of our extra expenses and that we were also able to go back in time to ‘back-claim’ (up to 10 years). In our case, CRA told us we could only retro to our son’s first official diagnosis (five years) but we ended up with an almost $14,000.00 credit and since then have shared our knowledge about the DTC with many people most of whom have been successful (sometime multiple tries) in receiving the credit.
According to the Government of Canada website, “An individual may be eligible for the DTC only if we approve Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate. (and) A medical practitioner has to certify that the person has a severe and prolonged impairment and provide the effects of that impairment using the new digital application for medical practitioners or by filling out Form T2201 manually.
Eligibility for the DTC is not based solely on the medical condition, but rather is based on the effects of the impairment”. Click here for a quick assessment to see if you or your loved ones qualify.”
I am often asked why people should apply for this and the reason is that the DTC can be the KEY to many services and programs including but not exclusive to**:
- Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)
- Special Services at Home funding (SSAH) <18 years of age
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) 18 years+
- Passport Funding (18+)
- Developmental Services Ontario (18+)
I encourage everyone with a special needs child/family member to visit the government page below and do the quick assessment – it is an easy first step and if you need additional assistance, please contact me at email@example.com
**You can apply for some of these services without the DTC but it a recognizable entry point**. Once approved you can actually receive adjustments for up to 10 YEARS.
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