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Canada Disability Tax Credit - if you are Disabled get it

Updated on September 24, 2016

Canada Disability Tax Credit

The Canada disability tax credit can reduce a persons taxes if they have a disability.
The Canada disability tax credit can reduce a persons taxes if they have a disability. | Source

Canada Disability Tax Credit if you are Disabled get it and get up to $35k back!

Persons who are experiencing difficult times can apply for the Canada disability tax credit if you are disabled get it, it means money in your pocket!

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In this page I describe how to obtain the credit.

The DTC (disability tax credit) is a portion of the monies you have paid out over the years, ignore the idiot's out there who would condemn you for applying for it! Better yet, don't tell them you are applying for it!

There are four parts to complete for this government rebate.

  1. The first part you fill out yourself.
  2. The second part you must have a doctor fill out.
  3. The third part is sending the forms out.
  4. The forth part is a letter that you must write once the government of Canada approves your disability!

I have inserted a document at the end of this page that you can copy and paste then customize and print out once the letter of approval comes! You can also hand write your own.

If you are approved for the Disability Tax Credit, you also qualify for the RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan). The disability savings plan is where the government provides you with a pension, it is the first of its' kind in the entire world.

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Disabilities that qualify Canada Disability Tax Credit

 
 
 
Addictions
Gambling Addiction
Specific developmental disorder
ADHD-C
Gender identity disorder
Stroke
ADHD Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive, (ADHD, ADHD-PH/I, ADD, ADHD-PI), ADHD
Generalized anxiety disorder
Substance Abuse
Agoraphobia
Glaucoma
Tic disorder
Alcoholic
Global Developmental Delay
Tourette syndrome
Alzheimer's
Hearing Disorder
Tumor
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's)
Hepatitis C
Vision
Angina
Huntington's disease
Walking
Anorexia nervosa
Hypermobility syndrome
 
Anxiety
Hypothyroidism
 
Arthritis
Hypotonia
 
Asperger's syndrome
Infantile Spasims
 
Ataxia
Irritable Bowel syndrome
 
Auditory Processing Disorder
Learning Disabilities
 
Autism
Mania
 
Bi-polar disorder
Mental illness
 
Borderline personality disorder
Mental Retardation
 
Bulimia Nervosa
Microcephaly
 
Cerebral Palsy
Migraines
 
Chromosome Abnormality
Mild Intellectual disability
 
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
 
Chronic pain Disorder
Myotonic Myopathy
 
Colitis
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
 
Conduct Disorder
Oppositional defiant disorder
 
Coronary artery disease
Osteoarthritis
 
Cri-du-Chat syndrome
Panic Disorder
 
Crohn's
Parkinson's disease
 
De Vivo Disease
Personality disorder
 
Dementia
Pervasive developmental disorder
 
Depression
Post traumatic stress disorder
 
Developmentally Delayed
Prader-Willi syndrome
 
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Psychotic
 
Down Syndrome
Quadrapallegic
 
Dressing
Retinoschisis
 
Dysgraphia
Schizophrenia
 
Elimination (including incontinence)
Scoliosis
 
Epilepsy
Seizure Disorder
 
Feeding
Sleep Apnea
 
Fetal alcohol syndrome
Sleep disorder
 
Fibromyalgia
Speech disorder
 
If you have any or some of the above conditions you may qualify to recover up to 35 thousand in tax credits (money) from the Canadian Government! As well you may qualify for improvements made to your home from a number of programs available!

Tax Credits Reduce Taxable Income

Tax Credits Reduce Taxable Income
Tax Credits Reduce Taxable Income | Source

Part 1 get your Tax Money back - Download the forms here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/

Print off a copy of T2201 from the revenue Canada site (address link given above), fill out the first part on your own, do not invent a disability, be truthful or you will be denied!

Make an Appointment with your Doctor Today

Make an Appointment with your Doctor Today!
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Part 2 get your Tax Money back

Make a Doctor's appointment with your family Doctor, or the specialist that has been treating you. Have him or her fill out the second part of the forms on your T2201, titled:

Part B - To be completed by the qualified practitioner.

**Be sure to tell your Doctor to insert the correct date of when he or she first started treating you for the illness!!!

Disability Tax Credit Department

Be sure to send in completed medical forms and documents to the Disability Tax Credit Department.
Be sure to send in completed medical forms and documents to the Disability Tax Credit Department. | Source

Part 3 get your Tax Money back

Make copies of any and all documents including your hospital medical file (if you have it, you can also get a copy from your Doctor costs may be involved) and include it in the envelope with your completed T2201 forms. If there are other records that are related to your disability make copies and include that as well (the more information they have they are less likely to deny you benefits). Now seal the envelope and write on the front of it:

Canada Revenue Agency

Attention:

Disability Tax Credit Department

Mail or personally deliver it to your nearest Canada Revenue Agency office or their outdoor mailbox.

Wait for them to Respond.

Wait for them to respond
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Part 4 get your Tax Money back

Wait for a reply from the Canada Revenue Agency Disability Tax Credit Department, if you have been approved write a letter back to the Canada Revenue Agency Disability Tax Credit Department.

**Do not forget you only have 30 days to respond in writing once this letter arrives.

Use this sample letter below I have created so you are able to use it as a guide when you supply your own.

Write

write to them don't delay!
write to them don't delay!

Letter of Your Response Below

Use this below information to request your credits back!

(Insert the proper date above)

Attention:

Disability Tax Credit Officer

RE: Social Insurance Number: (insert your social insurance number)

Thank you for approving my disability tax credit. This will help me obtain potential medical devices and treatment.

I am writing to request that you apply my disability Tax Credits for the following years:

(insert All of the years you are requesting (Revenue Canada only goes 10 years back)

Insert each year example- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

My most sincere thank-you goes out to you and your staff for helping me through this difficult time. I will keep your offices informed of my medical progress, please contact me if you require any further information.

Sincerely,

  • Include your signature
  • Phone number
  • Home address

Child Disability Benefit

If you have a child under the age of 18 you can apply for the Child Disability Benefit.

When the disabled person is under the age of 18 there is an alternative program called the Child Disability Benefit. The process of applying for this benefit is almost the same as you are still required to have a T2201 completed.

The next part you are required to complete is the CDB application which is located here:

If you have more questions that need answers regarding the Child Disability Benefit call the Canada Revenue Agency.

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      Star 8 weeks ago

      Can i still apply get approved for disability tax credit even if i never worked in i have a disability since i was a teenager?

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      frogc 2 years ago

      Hi, my 10 year old daughter has been struggling in school and at home with anxiety, attention defecit (she's not hyper, but has extreme concentration issues) separation anxiety, takes much longer to finish tasks then kids her own age, learning disability ect, I have mentioned all of the above to our family Dr over the past few years but I don't think he has a record of it until he sent her last year to see a Peditrition to see if she had a learning disability, she just started taking Vyvanse within the past 6 months with an increase in this med once, I'm a stay at home Mom because my son has Aspergers & Chiari Malformation, learning disability ect and he has received the DTC since birth and he is 8, so me being home I struggle in many ways with their home work, getting them ready for school my daughter will take 4 times longer then my son to get ready, even at school. I was wondering if you thing she would qualify for the DTC (I also have to give her meds to her)oh she also has sleep issues and anxiety was so bad this past Sept-Dec she missed 20 days of school! If you think she will qualify for the DTC how do I get the Dr to put that this all started years ago but is just getting diagnosed with meds this past year, they kept saying she's shy, quiet ect, well this isn't the true case yes she is but there was way more to it then that. So my 2 questions do u think she will qualify and if so how do I get the Dr to state years back but no firm diagnosis till this year. I believe this started at least 5 years back, thanks so much,

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      CanadaREVIEW 2 years ago

      They will contact you; alert them to the fact you can supply further medical reports if required. If you receive a denial letter, instantly re-apply and provide the additional medical information.

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      jess-d 2 years ago

      Hello.

      Thank you for such a great advice that you've given here!

      I sent my disability tax form to cra yesterday. I just asked my doctor to fill his part and he also attached a letter stating that my social anxiety, panic disorder and depression are affecting my job as I am not able to perform some tasks and communicate with people effectively. And that also I have problems commuting to work as I experience panic attacs in the train.

      I just sent it the way it is. I didn't think to attach any medical reports with the form. Only my family doctor's statement. Although I was diagnosed by a psychiatrist.

      Do you think I should call Canada post and return the letter and then send the new one with enclosed medical docs?

      Thank you so much.

      Jess D.

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      CanadaREVIEW 2 years ago

      Yes, you can re-apply. Have the psychiatrist fill out the paperwork; obtain a copy and bring the copy to the Doctor's office. From there the doctor will always have it on file. As well collect a copy of the complete file from the psychiatrist and the treating doctor and send that off to CRA. Be sure to have the psychiatrist and doctor indicate on the files to back-date the sickness/ disability to the first date (even beyond the ten year mark if possible.

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      pamela 2 years ago

      My son was diagnosed with ADHD 23 years ago, he is 24. My famikly doctor screwed up the T2201. The psychiatrist should have filled it out. Can I reapply or am I toast? shoot. so much money was spent on schooling and tutoring and extra things to help get him educated! please help me

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      sexualwellnesscenters.com 2 years ago

      Hi! It's great to know that the Canadian government is giving out support to our disabled or sick patients. I am an STD advocate and would like to just remind everyone that if you haven't got yourself tested for possible STD, get yourself tested now.

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      Johne845 3 years ago

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      Johnb211 3 years ago

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      ninenine 3 years ago

      I am wondering if my 14yr. Old son would be eligible for child disability. He was born with a rare skin condition that has covered his whole body in large moles, this condition has also left him with a brain lesion. A year ago he was diagnosed with indopathic arthritis. He only take MED's for the arthritis

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      comberrec2014 3 years ago

      Hi is there any court decisions against Canada Revenue Agency regarding reassessments past the 10 year period on www.canlii.org .I wrote to C.R A. in Nov 2013 asking them to reassess years 2003 to 2006.They said they were processing your info for years as above also in the letter i asked for form T2201 to be sent to me if necessary.Received info in Jan 2014 saying i can't claim year 2003 as it was past the 10 year period .But i wrote letter in 2013 .Do i have a case against C.R A.I applied for the disability tax credit in year 2006 and was approved .I only found out i could apply for a reassessment from when my impairment began which was 2003 hope you can help with.any decisions .i have written several letters citing my case but no happiness from Canada Revenue Agency. Hoping you could help me with some info i have looked at www.canlii.org but it's a bit confusing to me .Or do you know another way i could go about this

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      tinamorgan2010 3 years ago

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      tinamorgan2010 3 years ago

      I have a question, I was in an accident in 2002 and I have had chronic pain since then I have tried many methods of treatment including meds, physio, acupuncture, massage, most recently pain injections (nerve blocks) I have chronic pain, Chronic migraines, I have been told i have Degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, siatica, and possible fibromyalgia, they are also saying I have CMP (chronic Myofascal Pain) The pain doctor has suggested ODSP as I have not been at my employment long enough for LTD, I have tried working different jobs over the years and I just can't do it, I also have major anxiety and depression. Would this be something that I would benefit from? is it also a monthly payment I would get? I am starting the process of ODSP hoping i don't get denied. Also if i do get odsp and i apply for the DTC and it backdates does ODSP stop payments due to the $ i would get as backpaymetn if there is any?

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      Monkermom 4 years ago

      Hi ya

      My son was diagnosed with Aspergers, major depressive disorder, alexithemia and ADHD when he was 15. He was approved for disability tax credit for the years 2012 and 2013 since that is when he was diagnosed but he was born with it. We knew he was different and he struggled but it wasn't till he was hospitalized that we became aware. Can we still request back to 10 years since he has had this disability since birth? If so, how would we do this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I have applied for the disability tax credit for my son, and I received a letter back from CRA saying the following was just wondering what it means. Does it mean he is eligible and the are working on the reassessments for the years mentioned or what?

      "We are writing about your son's eligibility for the disability tax credit and your request for an adjustment to include the transfer of the disability amount for the 2003 to 2012tax years. We are acknowledging receipt of your claim for the transfer of the disability amount. There is a delay in the processing of your Form T2201, disability Tax Credit Certificate. As soon as we have completed our review we will advise you."

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,

      I work full time and always have as I am the breadwinner in my family. However, I have hypothyroidism, arthritis, depression and chronic back pain from a fall. Am I able to apply for the disability tax credit? If so, how do you go about having the doctor's wording in order to qualify? I have been looking everywhere with no luck. I don't want to go to one of these companies that will just take 30% of what I will get back.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am SO FRUSTRATED with Revenue Canada. So far, it's been a six month process to apply on behalf of my son who has Aspergers. They first denied him because he wasn't disabled 90% of the time (are you KIDDING ME?). So, I appealed the decision and enclosed a psych report which shows very clearly, that my son has the mental function of someone who is in primary school (he's 19). Now I'm awaiting a six page letter telling why he was denied again, and asking for more information. I'm so upset, and don't know what to do.....

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. AISH allows you to keep your Tax money (income tax). You are entitled to apply for the years of disability as per what your Doctor has indicated, the disabilities existed well before April 2012 so make sure your Doctor indicates the years the individual suffered from the conditions. Please share your success story here once you have obtained your credit! take care and be well!

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. In your written request, you would write indicating the years that you will be requesting them to apply the DTC for your child. Use the template above and apply the process as indicated above! Do not forget to share your success with us!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my 10yr old son was just approved for the DTC the letter states that he is eligible for the CDB from 2003 till 2018 and if i would like the CDB for the years of 2003-2010 that i need to send a written request to the CCTB entitlement team. I figure it would be silly not to want that benefit especially being i need to supply my son with aids for his schooling. Unfortunately i have no idea what i need to put in this letter? Thanks in Advance for helping me and everyone else.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi,

      My husband had his angioplasty for 5 stents on 3 major arteries, type 2 diabetes, diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol since April 2012. Can he apply for disability and AISH? Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CanadaREVIEW: Thank you for your kind reply. I received response to my request of "second review" and they pretend that I did not send them "any new information" (although I included in this request copies of doctor's and psychologist assessments). I requested now that someone calls me and explains to me what they meant by "no new additional medical information was provided". Once I complete that conversation, and if they do not reconsider the decision, I am filing objection. Thank you for giving me info about the site where I can find info about legal cases. I will keep you posted. Thank you again!

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. YES!YES!YES! Apply for all of the years you are eligible for and then put the money to good use in order to get your life back on track! The biggest dis-service you are doing is to yourself by not doing it! No matter what amount you obtain it will help you, and you will in fact get something for each year you apply for. You are eligible for all the years and years in the future because there is no way of being able to define and contain this condition in a box.

      Please let me know when you have obtained it, because I know it will make your life a little easier!

      Believe in yourself because you are worth it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi... I've been eligible for the Disability Tax Credit since 2006. I don't know if it would be of much help to me at this point though. I was diagnosed with anxiety when I was about 19 in 1994 (I'm 41 now) and depression by a couple different doctors after that. I worked on and off over the years and was prescribed anti-depressants a few times when I did actually go to a doctor. Then back in 2006 I had a total meltdown during work and was sent to my doctor for a letter to state how much time off I had to take to 'get it together'. So I did that and was prescribed anti-depressants again and was given a letter to take 30 days off work. Well before that 30 days hit my meltdown multiplied by 100% or more and I ended up in the hospital. At that point I was kept in the hospital for around a month and a half and was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 disorder, Anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I was started on a huge load of medication. While in the hospital I had my children taken away into children's aid for what was supposed to be 6 months but I ended up losing them permanently. I spent the next 4 years in and out of the hospital and was put on both CPP-D and ODSP. I stopped taking my medication about a year ago and still have bouts of issues but refuse to go back on it or see my psychiatrist due to some serious breaches of my dr-patient privacy (long story). So needless to say I no longer see a psychiatrist or take any medication and have not for the last year. So this being my story... and I also have not worked since the 30 day break back in 2006.... do you think I should still try to apply for money I should have gotten when I was working before my break down.. I read it goes back 10 years so I believe I would only be eligible for 2003 to 2006 or possibly 2007 because I was getting EI sick pay for a year. If you have any information that would be useful to my situation, I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much.

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Be sure to cite case law Authorities with your Notice of Objection. This will take some time to research, but use three cases where there have been rulings in the same or similar ailments -- use the top three that are the most recent case law examples. this is the link to obtain them from- http://www.canlii.org/en/

      **If you have the time to visit a family court for an afternoon, sit and listen to some of the cases, you may pick up a point or two / glean information from those cases that are open to the public to help build your argument.

      Keep in mind that the Canadian Government is tightening the belt on programs, they are just making it harder so that people will give up... DO NOT GIVE UP, you are fighting for your child's right's alongside of your own!

      **I pray everyday for all that are suffering, my prayers are with you. I believe you will win.

      **Keep me Posted. You are your own BEST Lawyer and Advocate!

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry for the delay in responding to you! Here are a few tips in order to PROVE and INFORM CRA just how difficult your situation has been:

      1-Collect a complete copy of your medical files from all Hospitals and Physicians (this shows them everything you have been coping with). Keep the originals and send them a complete copy! Never hold back on ANY information that will be of help to you, there is no shame in having medical conditions, we are who we are.

      2- You do not have to launch an appeal, just apply again and give them all information, it may also help if you do a little homework and show them a similar ruling by exploring court rulings based upon your Province and or Supreme court rulings for similar case authority rulings that you suffer from. This is the Website- http://www.canlii.org/en/

      3-You will be approved, it just takes time and faith in yourself!

      **Keep me posted ! I want to read that you have won and feel your relief because I know you need it.

      **Be well.

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes Jason, you will receive money! It is based upon the amount you have paid in Taxes over the year or Years (if you have been approved for a disability up to 10 years back!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, I apprlied for DTC on behalf of my 18 year old son, who has diagnosis of ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers). He had DTC approved up to 2011, and his doctor filled in T2201 for 2012 and onward. Clarification letter was sent to the doctor and he replied. Apparently he answered the questions from the clarification letter that my son has only problem in functioning in "complex situations". The doctor also added in comments that it is highly unlikely that my son will ever be able to have a job. In determination letter they deemed that this is not the reason for the credit to be approved. I requested "second review" and added more assessments from medical practitioners that state clearly that my son's impairment in mental functions is prolonged and severe, but it was denied again. I am yet to receive the letter with the explanation why. I am preparing to file a Notice of Objection. Any suggestions on the wording of the notice. Thanks in advance.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am getting frustrated with this entire disability tax credit application process. This is what has happened to me so far. Met with my Dr. and he filled in all the appropriate documentation, this was mailed in in Sept. A couple of weeks later I received a letter stating that they needed more information and that a letter of clarification has been sent to my doctor. I thought that was fine until mid December when I received another letter telling me that my file had been closed because they did not receive the info back from my doctor. Called his office, and with much apologizing from the secretary he had it filled out and faxed back immediately. OK. So since that time on my CRA account it says that "we are processing your information". But this morning I see that that quote is gone and under the years 2010-2011 it says you are not entitled to claim the disability tax credit for yourself" NOW her is my biggest question. I have very little income and was to transfer this credit to my husband.So does this mean that I have been denied and if so what course of action do i take now. How do you ask for a review and/or an appeal and what exactly is the difference. I am so tired and frustrated since 2005 I have had breast cancer with two recurrances, had chemo three times and radiation twice, I am sick all the time and tired and almost at my wits end waiting on this and not knowing exactly what to do. Thanks for any help you may have,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello,

      I just sent my T2201 in earlier today and was wondering even if I am approved would it benefit me? Because I have m.s. and only work part time and am on ODSP but I never owe on my taxes because I really don't make much. So was wondering if I will get money back?

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Chris, you need to write a request for CRA to apply the tax credit for all of the years they have approved you for, do not delay, do it as soon as possible with the steps outlined above!

      Good-Luck and please share your success story here on how much you receive!

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry for the delay in responding to you. I am of the understanding that it takes time for CRA to respond to you, they will respond! I am not aware of money being garnished from a repayment of your taxes, however if you owe the government money, they will indeed take it, as this is how we support each other and have a supportive society, it is through taxes. Without taxes in Canada there would not be medical (hospitals and Doctors), CPP, roads, police and schools! Taxes contribute to our country as we know it today. Without people contributing to taxes within our dynamic financial tax distribution system there would be no order, only chaos and a lot of people would suffer! I personally take pride in knowing that my tax contributions promote health, wellness and supports to others in need in our Country. Good-luck I wish you wealth and happiness my fellow Canadian.

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      CanadaREVIEW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry for the delay in responding to you. I am of the understanding that CRA will not take disability benefits from life insurance, it is a separate entity as the Disability Tax Credit is NOT an insurance policy, it is a REFUND from an over-payment of your taxes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes that's correct

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello,

      I received the message on my tax account below, after applying for the tax credit.

      2005-2012 You are eligible to claim the disability tax credit for yourself.

      Does this mean I get the credit from the following years

      2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011 and 2012 ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My daughter has had adhd since 2006 and been on daily meds now on the highest of concerta. I just found about this and applied i sent paper work in 2 weeks ago but don't see online that it is showing my application had been received or anything. I heard they will back pay to the date of diagnosis, the dr put on the form mentally incapible of making decisions, lack of behaviour ect need of mental support ect. I hope it don't get denied. But also if they back pay and i owe money for past student loans can they take the money from it?

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      dina-polsonibuonincontro 5 years ago

      @CanadaREVIEW: Thank you so much for your timely response. I will definitely bring this to the attention of the doctor.

      I also have a few more questions regarding the disability tax credit for myself and for husband:

      I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder since 1992 and have had a number of relapses on and off since then. In fact, I am currently on a leave of absence (for a year) because I have had a relapse since my daughter's MS diagnoses, and I have been receiving LTD benefits from my employer's group insurance policy. Can I apply for a disability tax credit for myself as well, and do you think I would qualify to receive this tax benefit? Should my doctor put down the date of my first diagnoses (1992) or indicate the date of this relapse only?

      The same thing for my husband - he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, so I'm not sure whether or not he can apply for the disability tax credit as well.

      Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can cra take disabilty benefits from life insurance policy for failing to file

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @CanadaREVIEW: Thank you so much for your timely response. I will definitely bring this to the attention of the doctor.

      I also have a few more questions regarding the disability tax credit for myself and for husband:

      I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder since 1992 and have had a number of relapses on and off since then. In fact, I am currently on a leave of absence (for a year) because I have had a relapse since my daughter's MS diagnoses, and I have been receiving LTD benefits from my employer's group insurance policy. Can I apply for a disability tax credit for myself as well, and do you think I would qualify to receive this tax benefit? Should my doctor put down the date of my first diagnoses (1992) or indicate the date of this relapse only?

      The same thing for my husband - he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, so I'm not sure whether or not he can apply for the disability tax credit as well.

      Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      jennifer, if the disability is considered to be a debilitating condition it would qualify. Not all disabilities guarantee a CDB, they must fall under "significant impairment" as defined by CRA. Within the system, learning disabilities qualify for accommodations by the education system(s) including universities and colleges, as they provide supported aids (learning tools and other supports) by Federal government programs. To find out about what programs beyond the CDB you are entitled to you need to look at your province's resources on their .ca websites. *Do not forget about provincial programs as there are also several within each province, again there are guidelines you must fall into to obtain coverage.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After 3 times applying for my son who has a learning disability in math, we have been denied all 3 times.....we want to reapply again but were told we must wait 3 months to re-apply is this true? I don't think that we waited the last time for 3 months.....just don't want to mess anything up.....have to continue to fight for my son as I think he deserves his disability to be recognized.

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Refile (fill out the paperwork again with the attending physician, include the original date of the diagnosis). Then write a letter to the CRA Child Disability Benefit department requesting that they apply the provision to the years of 2007 and 2008. Also include a copy (create a copy) of their original decision that you were supplied with. This way you fall into the 10 year rule and they should apply the benefit. Good luck, and be well! Be sure to post here how it turned out!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My daughter was approved from 2009-present. But she was diagnosed. With her disability in 2007. A company helped me file my papers out and they went back to the date I start filing common law. 2007-2008 I was a single mom. What would I have to write to let them know she had it since 2007. Thank you.

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      @dina-polsonibuonincontro: Hi!

      I am hoping your daughter does well forever! It is so wonderful to hear that someone is doing well after a serious diagnosis; however remission does not mean she is cured. She is not recovered therefore you should receive benefits until she is 18.

      First of all your daughter was suffering for a number years before the Doctor had enough clinical information in order to provide a proper diagnosis. MS is not diagnosed overnight and does not happen magically overnight. Request the Doctor to review your childâs medical file so that he is able to confirm/ locate the first day that symptoms were reported. The first date that the symptoms were reported is the date he should fill out the disability forms for, the first date of SYMPTOMS>! (this might go back 2-3 years before a confirmed diagnosis).

      Any longer term disability or chronic condition is not diagnosed for a period of time, because the doctor needs to go through the elimination process (reviewing things, such as testing, complaints of symptoms, etc.)

      If your doctor has a problem with inserting the first reported date of symptoms, ask your doctor for the papers on a 100% cured case of MS, including the diagnostic methods and method of the cure.

      Be well, stay strong and have courage, you are not alone in the world of disabilities. Your daughter needs you to be her voice and I know as a loving parent you will be.

      Blessings*

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      dina-polsonibuonincontro 5 years ago

      @CanadaREVIEW: Hi, I'm new to this post, and I'm hoping you can answer some questions about the child disability tax credit. My daughter (under 18) was diagnosed with MS in 2010, and we would like to apply for the child disability tax credit for both 2010 and 2011. She has had more than 9 relapses since being diagnosed, however, over the last 4 months my daughter is in remission. The doctor is glad to fill out the form but thinks that if she uses the current date, since being in remission, my daughter's claim may be denied because she is now feeling better. How should the doctor fill out the form? Should she use the current date but indicate somewhere on the form that my daughter was disabled during a certain time period in 2010 and 2011? We know that we need to fill out separate forms for 2010 and 2011, but we just don't know the best way for the doctor to fill out the firm, ensuring that my daughter receive the credit that she might be entitled to.

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      barb-godfrey 5 years ago

      when i called and asked about the CDB they said he has to be approved for the DTC first....this is so confusing.......

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      @barb-godfrey: If you have a child with a disability you are entitled to a benefit called the Child Disability Benefit. This benefit is similar to the Disability Tax Credit. With this benefit you receive a defined benefit amount each month based upon your income. In order to be approved for the benefit, you must also fill out a T2201, the same rules apply for filling out these forms as indicated above in the step procedures, the difference is in the additional piece you must fill out. Please see the below link to the CDB-

      a href="http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/cdb.shtml&q... Child Disability Benefit.

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      barb-godfrey 5 years ago

      My son was diagnosed with ADHD and O.D.D. we sent all the paperwork in for the DTC and were denied....what do we need to do now? i am so frustrated right now. some people say to send in a letter but i have no idea what to put in the letter.....

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      @karrob: Your child would qualify for the CDB which is the same as the disability tax credit, only for children: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/cdb.shtml

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      @karrob: Yes, they qualify for disability. Have the Dr. fill out the paper work, but also add the hospital reports. The Dr. can request the hospital reports so it is not an additional cost to you, just inform him/ her that you are requesting them! Be sure to apply for the Registered Disability Savings Plan for her once she is approved!

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      karrob 5 years ago

      I have a child who was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2008. I was informed that this started when she was still in my belly. We have visits with Sick Kids Hospital Endocrinology Unit 2 times a year. I am not sure that this a disability but her symptoms are under height, eye rolling, constance clearing her throat, speech is not clear unless she slows down and speaks loud, shortness of breath, she has a hard time remembering things in school and, she takes medication daily. Would these symptoms qualify as a disability.

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      @hailey-servay: Hi! I am glad I can help! Your medical conditions are severe if they are disruptive to a normal life pattern.... combined they all are. Do not file for just one aspect of your disability, have your doctor indicate exactly how they impact your day-to day life, this applies to your partner as well. I have a friend who lost both of his legs to diabetes, and I assure you this impacted his day to day life prior to their loss (infections). If you can not work for a long period of time due to your disability, or at all you qualify. Until you can find an employer who can accommodate our disabilities you qualify. I am thankful each and everyday that my employer accommodates my disabilities. Good luck and please share this article with others who have disabilities so that they may find the help that they need, without getting robbed by an advocate!

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      hailey-servay 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this information! But I have a few questions I am hoping you might be able to answer. I am currently 19 with aspergers, anxiety and ADHD. I am working on getting to the doctor to talk about possibly suffering from either schizophrenia or paranoid personality disorder. Someone told me that I can apply for this but another person told me that my problems are not severe enough.

      I plan on applying for aspergers and I was diagnosed at the age of eight and I was wondering if that is a young enough diagnosis for aspergers to be considered for the disability tax credit. Do you know if I would be able to put down more then one disability since I don't just suffer from aspergers? This is also a rather silly question but do you know if there is a way I could estimate how much I would receive if I was approved for the tax credit? Do you have to have severe aspergers and anxiety or are people who have learned to live with those problems able to qualify. My final question is for my father who has diabetes and hepatitis. He's had hepatitis for over 10 years and diabetes for 8 or 9 years I think. Would he be able to qualify for one of those problems?

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      @kevin-mackinnon-165: A tax credit is a credit...... this means if you are on the side of the good, then they deposit money into your account, provided you have gone back several years for your disability. However, if you owed the government tax money, the credit will not apply as they will keep your credits (credits=cash). Tax credits for the disabled under the Disability Tax Credit is refundable because it is a TAX OVER-Payment.... the government can go back 10 years, and refund back up to 10 years.

      I hope this made sense to you!

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      kevin-mackinnon-165 5 years ago

      @CanadaREVIEW: Well that's the thing we didn't revive any money. We have direct deposite already set up for our GST credit and what not. We got a letter September 2011 saying she was approved, but we found out when we did our taxs in February 2012 that we only got a non-refundable tax credit.

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      CanadaREVIEW 5 years ago

      @kevin-mackinnon-165: Hello Kevin! If you were approved and received the money, then you do not have to write the letter. If you received the statement, the money should be in your bank account, if it is not then you need to contact Revenue Canada. If you owed taxes then a portion or all of the amount would be placed against what you owe then.

      You need to Contact Revenue Canada and follow the steps they take you through in order to have direct deposit to your chosen bank account. There is a step by step procedure you can also follow online this is the link: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/drct_dpst-...

      Thanks for the comment and I am truly glad from the bottom of my heart that you had this money come to you. May God bless you, and be well!

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      kevin-mackinnon-165 5 years ago

      What if you've done all the but didn't write a letter once you are approved, we did it on our own and where approved but we never wrote a letter after. It shows she was approved for $7000 but it's a non refundable tax credit used to pay down and tax owing, so I'm confused on how you actually get physical cash directed deposited into your bank account like your GST credit. Please tell me how we can do it. Thanks

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Very important advice for Canadians with disabilities. Sometimes when you become disabled it is difficult to know where to turn as there are so many doors closing and you are not sure yet which new ones can be opened. Being disabled is definitely a new adventure in life and living.

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens with the proper way to get what is coming to you as a disabled person. It seems much easier to get disability benefits in Canada than in the United States. You are helping those who need help most and your rewards will come back. On behalf of all those with disabilities, Thank You and Well Done.

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      CanadaREVIEW 6 years ago

      @javr: I have helped many people in obtaining the benefit, however some are quite fragile and they need personal help. By posting this I pray to improve the quality of life for those who are in need.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great job helping those who may not know where to start!