What is the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)?
The Canadian Government benevolently attempts to assist people with disabilities in whichever way they can. That is why the Canadian Government introduced the Disability Tax Credit program in 1988. The DTC is a non-refundable tax credit which allows qualifying individuals to lower their taxable income (in many cases to zero). And in the case of a qualifying minor or other dependent this credit can be transferred to the legal guardian.
The Canadian Government’s correct assumption is that people with disabilities will have unavoidable, additional expenses that put them and their families at a financial disadvantage. The government’s only criteria is that the qualifying individual be a sufferer of severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, which inhibits the individual from performing normal day to day activities.
Unfortunately many Canadians are not aware of this financial aid. Furthermore, many Canadians are not aware of how broad the criteria actually is. This leads to many Canadians having to cope with their conditions without the available aid.
As a result of this reality Canadian Disability Benefits Corp. has helped countless clients carry back this credit 10 years and as such retroactively get deserving Canadians their due government assistance for in many cases more than $35,000.
Will My Current Job/Salary be Affected by the DTC?
Currently the answer is No. Here is Canada, the government fully encourages all of its citizens to work and earn as much money as they can while providing additional support through the DTC.
Who Qualifies for Benefits in Canada?
The Canadian government currently defines a ‘Disabled Person’ as any “individual who has a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.” This has been well established through the efforts of the Canadian Disability Benefits Corp. and other advocacy organizations to include:
- Trouble Walking
- Downs Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- And of course, many more
While a much more extensive disability list can be found here the list is always growing and certainly should not be considered final or all inclusive. If you feel your life is being severely impacted by any form of physical or mental impairment we will be happy to go over your claim with you and see if you qualify!