Over the past 6 months, there has been a lot of information in the news surrounding Diabetics, and the Disability Tax Credit.
On May 2nd 2017, the CRA sent an internal email to their Disability Tax Credit department, stating:
“An adult who independently manages insulin therapy on a regular basis does not generally meet the 14-hour per week requirement, unless there are exceptional circumstances. For example, the existence of other chronic conditions that affect the time needed to manage the therapy or affect the ability to independently manage the therapy.”
This was obtained from Diabetes Canada through a Freedom of Information request into the CRA. This statement, effectively caused virtually 100% of insulin dependent diabetics to be denied the Disability Tax Credit. "The existence of other chronic conditions" is NOT a requirement in the Income Tax Act, and because of this statement - diabetics were getting unjustly denied the Disability Tax Credit.
Due to overwhelming support from individuals living with Diabetes from across the country, JDRF's support, Diabetes Canada's support, as well as a long list of others, the CRA announced in the beginning of December that they would be reverting back to prior to their May 2nd practices, and once again allow insulin dependent diabetics to claim the Disability Tax Credit.
True North Disability Services has successfully helped thousands of diabetics from across the country claim the Disability Tax Credit, and we will continue to fight for those that are eligible and ensure they receive the credits and benefits that they are entitled to.
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