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The Disability Tax Credit For People With Diabetes: Could You Be Eligible?

While many people with diabetes might not describe their condition as a “disability,” people who spend a great deal of time – and have great difficulty – with their day-to-day diabetes management, may be able to apply for a disability tax credit from the Canada Revenue Agency. According to the Agency’s website, “The disability tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit used to reduce income tax payable … A person with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions may claim the disability amount once they are eligible for the credit.” The rationale behind the disability tax credit is to provide relief to taxpayers for their disability costs, since these are additional and unavoidable expenses that other taxpayers don’t face. The process of applying for the disability tax credit is prepared in conjunction with your doctor. He or she will submit the necessary application forms and backup material to the Canada Revenue Agency, if it is determined that you are eligible. Who is eligible? To be eligible for the disability tax credit, you must meet all of the following requirements: You must have an impairment in physical or mental functions that is pro Continue reading >>

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  1. carolyn

    Is anyone going of try claiming D supplies, CGMS sensors etc as a disability aid under T5 net medical expenses on their tax this year?
    My accountant is reluctant to do it but I told her T1 fits under the ATO definition of a disability and it describes an aid as "...an aid to the functional capacity of a person with a disability..."

  2. melissa

    That could be a difficult one because "A disability is defined as a restriction or impairment" along with "receiving treatment or medication for any other long-term condition or ailment, and still restricted". While I would like to be able to claim some of this on tax, I would not consider myself restricted. This claim appears to be for people who are unable to lead what would be considered a normal life even with aids. Yes I hypo - a lot when I'm trying to keep my bsl at the right rate, but it does not generally stop me from being able to work/drive/do what most people do.

  3. artemis

    I'd say 'try it'. If it gets knocked back. you havent really lost anything, and for people with an autoimmune cluster syndrome (T1 + CKD + Hashimoto's +++} it sounds as though it would definitely be worth trying. Anyway cgm helps a T1 live a normal life.

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