Apply for the DTC Please

in Autism, Disability Tax Credit, RDSP

I have spoken with a few folks who have convinced themselves they can’t get the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) so they won’t apply for the DTC. Given the stories lately about the CRA rejecting many applications, and how complicated the process is, many folks are not applying (when they should be applying).

Allow me to be clear, apply, fill in all the forms and let the CRA decide. If you don’t apply, you will never get the DTC.

Do the work, make sure you fill in the forms well, get all the help you can, but apply, please!

To paraphrase Wayne Gretzky you will receive 0% of the DTC applications you never send.

Without a DTC there is no RDSP, and while the Disability Tax Credit is not a large credit, it is still vital to have it to be able to get other services and help from the government. It is not easy to navigate the government red tape, but it is the most important thing you can do for your child or your loved one.

Apply for DTC

Should you Apply for the DTC ?

If you or your loved one has a disability recognized by the CRA or on their list, then yes is the answer.

Let me repeat my message, if you don’t apply you will not get the Disability Tax Credit, if you do apply you might (but if you don’t ask the answer is always NO).

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  • Gary Daniels December 22, 2017, 9:30 AM

    I had a front quarter amputation because of cancer in June 1980. For the first couple of years they allowed the DTC but then rejected it. I have never applied since. I can dress and feed myself so I don’t qualify.

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    • bigcajunman December 22, 2017, 9:38 AM

      So the CRA’s criteria are:

      There are different ways for which a person can be eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). The person must meet one of the following criteria:

      is blind
      is markedly restricted in at least one of the basic activities of daily living
      is significantly restricted in two or more or the basic activities of daily living (can include a vision impairment)
      needs life-sustaining therapy

      In addition, the person’s impairment must meet all of the following:

      is prolonged, which means the impairment has lasted, or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months
      is present all or substantially all the time (at least 90% of the time)

      I would read that whole page and see if you qualify on the basis of that?

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