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What is the disability tax credit?
The disability tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce the amount of tax payable on your income. All or part these amounts may be transferred between your spouse, common-law partner, or another supporting person. If a child under 18 is eligible for the disability tax credit, that child is also eligible for the child disability benefit.

Who should apply?
Any individual who has impairment in physical or mental functions that is significant and prolonged. Impairment is prolonged if it has lasted, or expected to last, for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The effects of your impairment must also cause you to be markedly restricted in only one of the following basic activities of daily living:

Does it take you longer to walk 100 meters than someone your own age without your conditions?

Are you
able to walk the 100 meters, but you need to stop for pain, breathe or fatigue?

Have you
had hip or knee replacement?

Do you
use any devices to assist you with your mobility such as a cane, walker or scooter?

Do you
have a parking permit?
Elimination: (bowel or bladder functions)
Do you have a condition that requires you to take 2-3 times longer to manage your elimination because of frequency issues? (eg. Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Do you wear protection for incontinence?

Do you
have an ostomy?
Mental Functions:
Do you have a condition that restricts you 90% of the time in performing the mental functions necessary for everyday life? (eg. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, dementia, autism, mood disorder, brain injury, global delay)
Do you have a condition where because of pain, stiffness and decreased dexterity you require 2-3 times longer to dress on a daily basis?

Do you
receive daily assistance from another person to get dressed?
Life-sustaining therapy:
Are you dependent on life-sustaining therapy such as insulin, oxygen or dialysis?
  1. Do you need this therapy to support a vital function?
  2. Do you need this therapy at least 3 times per week?
  3. Does this therapy take an average of at least 14 hours per week?
Does it take you an inordinate amount of time to hear so as to understand another person familiar with you, in a quiet setting at least 90% of the time?
Are you considered blind if, even with the use of corrective lenses or medication?
Does it take you an inordinate amount of time to feed yourself, even with appropriate therapy, medication, and devices at least 90% of the time?
Does it take you an inordinate amount of time to speak, so as to be understood by another person familiar with you in a quiet setting at least 90% of the time?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you should consider applying for the disability tax credit. You can also apply for a deceased family member.

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How can Disability Tax Credit Specialists help you?

Disability Tax Credit Specialists provides ongoing support throughout the claim process. We first determine if you should apply. We then write a respectful letter to your physician to identify and explain what areas of daily living activites are being affected and how YOU personally may be eligible. Many physicians and nurse practitioners are not aware of continual changes surrounding these various CRA programs. We support them by providing the most up-to-date information so they can better understand how it relates to their patients eligibility. We manage all the paperwork between you, your physician and Canada Revenue Agency. We want to simplify the process for you and we make sure the certified disability tax credit application has covered all applicable restrictions.
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