UPDATE: On May 2, 2017 the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sent an internal email to the Disability Tax Credit department telling their staff to deny diabetics under the category of "Life Sustaining Therapy" unless there are "exceptional circumstances". This was obtained from Diabetes Canada through a Freedom of Information Request. This is NOT what the requirements are defined in the income tax act. In the beginning of December 2017, the CRA announced they would be reverting back to prior to their May 2nd practices, and once again accepting insulin dependent diabetics under the category of Life Sustaining Therapy.
Diabetes is a disease where the body’s ability to produce or respond insulin is impaired. This results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Those with diabetes suffer from a change in appetite, dehydration, weight loss and lethargy.
There are two different types of diabetes including Type 1 (often referred to as Juvenile Diabetes) and Type 2.
Type 1: This is better known as insulin dependent diabetes. This is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
Type 2: This is where your pancreas does not produce enough insulin or your body misuses the insulin that it does create. Type 2 diabetics can use insulin or oral medication to regulate their bodies insulin production.
Being an insulin dependent diabetic may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under Life Sustaining Therapy.
If you or someone you care for suffers from diabetes and they are insulin dependent, you may be eligible for a large refund from the Canada Revenue Agency through the Disability Tax Credit program. We are Disability Tax Credit experts and have experience working with thousands of Canadians with a multitude of medical conditions. We would be happy to discuss your specific case with you and help determine if you may be eligible to claim the Disability Tax Credit, and receive a refund from the Canada Revenue Agency. Contact Us Today!