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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 some more tax credits and deductions available that you may be able to claim if applicable to your situation: ·         Volunteer firefighter tax credit: Volunteer firefighters may be able to claim a non-refundable tax credit of up to $450. ·         Tradesperson's tools deduction: Tradespersons may be able to deduct up to $500 from their income part of the cost of tools bought throughout the year. ·         Child care expenses deduction: Parents may be able to deduct from their income the allowable amount of child care expenses. ·         First-time donor's super credit: From 2013 to 2017, first time donors may...
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