Tax season is upon us and here is what people with disabilities need to know. Read on to see what tax credits and deductions are available from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) and Revenu Québec for persons with disabilities, their supporting family members, and their caregivers.
Eligible individuals with a disability or their supporting family member may claim $8,870 per year as a non-refundable tax credit. Persons under 18 years of age at the end of the year may also be eligible for an additional amount of up to $5,174 per year. For more information about the DTC, go to canada.ca/disability-tax-credit.
Canada workers benefit disability supplement – up to $737 per year if you are eligible for both the DTC and the Canada Workers Benefit.
Child disability benefit – up to $2,985 per year for families with a child under the age of 18 who has a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.
Home accessibility tax credit – non-refundable tax credit for eligible renovations to improve the accessibility of your home. A maximum of $20,000 per year in eligible expenses can be claimed.
Home Buyers’ Plan – withdraw up to $35,000 from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to buy or build a home that fits your needs, or those of a related person.
Home buyers’ amount – claim $10,000 for the purchase of a qualifying home in the year. You do not have to be a first-time home buyer to claim the amount if you, or the relative you acquired the home for, are eligible for the DTC.
Registered disability savings plan – helps parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a person who is eligible for the DTC.
Canada caregiver credit – non-refundable tax credit that may be available to you if you provide support to a spouse, a common-law partner, or certain other individuals with a mental or physical impairment.
You may also be eligible to claim medical expenses, the disability supports deduction, and the refundable medical expense supplement.
The tax season also brings an increase in scam contacts, people needs to be wary of suspicious calls and emails. Remember that the CRA is available to help determine what might be true or not.
Click the link below and see the benefits that may be available to you, your family, learn how to apply, and estimate how much you could get.
You may be eligible to get benefits and credits for up to 10 years back.
Go to: canada.ca/benefits-credits-ad
If you prefer to call, you can use the numbers below:
To ask about benefits, call 1-800-387-1193
For other questions or to get forms , call 1-800-959-8281
If you are calling from the 867 area code, call 1-866-426-1527
For Revenu Québec, call 1-800-267-6299
Information provided by:
Canada Revenue Agency
The Outreach Program