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Bill C-462 : Protecting Disabled Canadians or a Paper Tiger ?

For those of  you unaware Bill C-462 the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act ,was passed into law and received Royal Assent (2014-05-29) . 

Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restriction Act
Penalties must be set for overcharging DTC Consultation Firms (link to CBC article on the act)

This Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act  summary

This enactment restricts the amount of fees that can be charged or accepted by persons who, on behalf of a person with a disability, request a determination of disability tax credit eligibility under the Income Tax Act. It establishes a prohibition against charging or accepting more than an established maximum fee and establishes offences and penalties for failure to comply.

The Act was passed, given royal consent, however,  it seems to have never been made law. If you read the bill it looks like it would be easy to enforce, however in the summary you read:

“…an established maximum fee and establishes offences and penalties for failure to comply…”

The problem is the Act never defines maximum fees or the penalties for them.  The other issue is that the act has never “come into force”. I guess it is dead, which is unfortunate. A maximum charge and penalties are needed.

While I have always said you should Do It Yourself, I also realize some folks will need help. These firms must stop gouging their customers.

Who Should You Contact About This?

If you want to voice your concerns about the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act, contact the sponsor of the bill  , she would like to hear from you as well. I have been in conversation with Ms. Gallant.

Feel Free to Comment

  1. Hello. Thank you for sharing all this information. I am looking for professional help to apply for DTC. Would you have any recommendations? On CPP Disability since 2016. Applied for DTC in 2016 but got rejected. Have a neurological condition and Lyme disease.

    Thank you very much

    1. If you are on CPP disability, a Doctor signed some forms, correct? Get the same Doctor to fill in the DTC forms for you and submit them. Lyme Disease is something that interferes with your day-to-day life, that needs to be highlighted in your application, as well as whatever your neurological condition impedes your life as well. If the first Doctor won’t do anything, find a different Doctor or Nurse Practitioner to help out. Maybe call the CRA and ask them for help as well. Good Luck.

  2. As I mentioned it was passed into law, but there hasn’t been any formal limits for fees set, so effectively it is like a speed limit sign, but with no maximum speed set?!?

  3. I have talked to my Member of Parliament and they don’t know anything about this and claim it never got enacted? What gives?

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