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Tax Credits – Disability Tax Credit

November 14th, 2012

Disability Tax Credit

As the population is aging, many taxpayers are taking care of loved ones in their homes.  The caregiver tax credits can help in some cases, but don’t forget about the Disability Tax Credit.  The name may be a bit of a misnomer.  Many taxpayers think of a “disability” in the traditional sense of the word — for instance, someone who is visually or hearing-impaired, or paraplegic, etc.  However, the more generous definition from the Canada Revenue Agency also includes those who are receiving life-sustaining treatment (e.g. dialysis), someone who does not have the necessary mental functions (e.g. Alzheimers or dementia) or someone who is markedly restricted in their daily activities (e.g. cannot walk 100 meters without assistance or stopping and rest).

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