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CRA Agents Told to Deny Tax Credits to Diabetes, Say Diabetes Advocacy Groupsin Canadian Government News and Updates
In another twist in the ongoing disability tax credit scenario, Diabetes research and advocacy groups claim to have obtained an internal CRA memo essentially ordering CRA agents to deny the Disability Tax Credit to diabetics.
According to the Diabetes Canada and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, they obtained an internal CRA memo dated May 2, 2017 that says, “Unless there are exceptional circumstances, adults with diabetes can generally manage their daily insulin therapy without taking 14 hours per week.”
With this statement, Diabetes Canada says CRA will most likely deny the disability tax credit to most adults with Type 1 diabetes even if they have been approved in previous years.
The CRA responded to this claim with a statement saying that the email referenced by Diabetes Canada and JDRF was an update to communications related to Life-Sustaining Therapy. The CRA adds that no changes have been made to the eligibility criteria for this credit and that each file is examined on a case by case basis with the facts provided in the application forms. The CRA further says that they do not have a target rate for approvals or denials of the Disability Tax Credit.
Also in the CRA’s statement, they add that should you not agree with the CRA’s decision, you have several recourses available to challenge it.
Currently, the CRA claims that they approve 80% of the applications (out of the average of 250,000 applications each year) they receive for the Disability Tax Credit.
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Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/diabetes-cra-disability-tax-credits-memo-1.4431830, https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/2017/12/statement_by_thehonourabledianelebouthillierministerofnationalre.html