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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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The Home Accessibility Tax Credit (HATC) is a non-refundable tax credit that can be claimed for eligible expenses incurred for work performed or goods acquired for a qualifying renovation of an eligible dwelling of a qualifying individual.  It is available for the 2016 and subsequent tax years and applies to the total eligible expenses up to $10,000 per year, resulting in a maximum non-refundable tax credit of $1,500 ($10,000 x 15%). Who is eligible for the HATC? You are eligible to claim the HATC if you are a qualifying individual or an eligible individual making a claim for a qualifying individual....
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The CRA recently announced the start of consultations to support the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act this month of November. The Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act is a private members bill initiated by Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. This Act proposes to limit fees that can be charged for helping complete a disability tax credit request, and ensure that more money remains with the persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The upcoming consultations will aim to provide a venue for Canadians with disabilities, their caregivers, promoters, tax professionals, qualified practitioners and members of the general public to...
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