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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...
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On our blog,  Reported Clawbacks on the Disability Tax Credit, we talked about reports that some sufferers of mental health disabilities have been denied access to the disability tax credit by the CRA after having received the tax credit for years.     In an apparent response to these reports, the CRA has announced that they are reinstating the Disability Advisory Committee.  The Committee was originally formed in 20014 and disbanded in 2006.     The reinstatement of the Disability Advisory Committee is one of the steps taken to enhance the accessibility of the CRA’s services to persons with disabilities.  The Committee’s core...
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It has been reported that some sufferers of mental health disabilities such as autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have been denied access to the disability tax credit by the CRA after having received the tax credit for years. According to the Financial Post article, “Ottawa accused of new tax grab after disability tax credit clawback hits those with mental illness,” by Jesse Snyder, several accountants, mental health associations and other advocacy groups have reported of restricted access to the Disability Tax Credit for mentally disabled people mainly because of a change in the language used to determine whether they are “adequately...
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Here are a few more details on the Home Accessibility Tax Credit or HATC. What renovations or expenses are eligible for the HATC? A qualifying renovation for the 2016 and subsequent tax years is a renovation or alteration that is of an enduring nature and is integral to the eligible dwelling.  This includes the land that forms part of the eligible dwelling.  The renovation must: - allow the qualifying individual to gain access to or to be mobile and functional within the dwelling, - reduce the risk of harm to the qualifying individual within the dwelling or in gaining access to...
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