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 it. 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 significant credit, it is still vital to have it 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.
Should you Apply for the DTC ?
If you or your loved one has a disability recognized by the CRA or on their list, 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).
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.
So the CRA’s criteria are:
I would read that whole page and see if you qualify on the basis of that?