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Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

February 26th, 2020


For Caregivers, Autistic Adults

Let’s talk taxes and the disability tax credit! If you have any questions regarding autism and tax, we just might have the answers.

What is the Disability Tax Credit? (Also known as the DTC for short)  

The Disability Tax Credit is a credit that can be claimed on your taxes at tax time to reduce the amount of income taxes you are required to pay. Usually, the higher income earner receives the DTC on their Canada Revenue Agency profile or the primary caregiver if in a single-parent household. It’s available to qualifying individuals with long-term disabilities or for the family members supporting the individual with disabilities. The intent is to offset any additional costs the family may incur due to the disability.    

Many families and individuals diagnosed with autism have been approved for the Disability Tax Credit, recognizing autism as a qualifying disability. 

There are four steps in applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)  
  1. You will need to fill out Part A of the application form.  This can be one of 2 ways:   

    • By Paper Application: you can download the paper form here (also called the T2201) and complete Part A 
    • Online Application: you can complete Part A using the online form here.  
  2. A medical practitioner must fill out Part B of the application.  This could include your Family Doctor, Paediatrician, Psychologist, Nurse Practitioner, etc. There is often a charge for the form completion, so ask for cost information when you call to make the appointment.   

    • If you choose to use the Paper application, you must take Part B of the form to your medical professional to complete in person. Be sure to ask them to fill out all relevant sections.    
    • If you choose the Online Application, you will be asked to enter the information for your medical professional. You will then be provided with a reference number to give to your medical professional so that they can complete form B online.    
  3. Review the form: 

    • If you choose the Paper Application, you will get the signed form back from your medical practitioner. One of the benefits of using the paper form is that you can review the application contents before submission. If you don’t agree with what the practitioner has written or feel they have missed information, you can then choose to take it to another practitioner or get some professional help that specializes in submitting DTC applications, such as Disability Alliance BC 
    • If you choose the Online Application, Part B will be submitted by the practitioner online, and you will not need to take any further action. 
  4. Submitting the signed form to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA):  

    • You can mail an application or submit it online. To mail it, send the completed form to a CRA Tax Centre—You can find a list of locations or call 1 800 622-6232 to find the one nearest you.  
    • Submit online through My Account; you can send a PDF or scanned copy of the application and any supporting documents using their secure online tool “Submit Documents”. This is a quick way to send your form and get confirmation that the CRA has received your documents. (,, 2024). 

After completing these steps, you must wait for the government to review and approve your application. The CRA website states they will review your application and mail you a notice of determination within eight weeks of receiving it. It may take longer if information is missing. 

Does the DTC (Disability Tax Credit) last forever or expire?

When you or your loved one qualifies for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), there will be an expiry date listed on your approval paperwork or your account online.

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) can have an expiry date, but as autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disability, individuals should continue to receive it into adulthood. For instance, a member of AutismBC shared that their son was diagnosed at the age of 3, and the approved DTC initially had a five-year expiry date. However, even after five years, their son remained autistic with high needs. Upon reapplication, they encountered no issues in getting it renewed. Their new expiration is set for when their son reaches adulthood. However, it’s worth noting that renewal or decline experiences may vary for other families.

Some other DTC tips:
  • Apply for the DTC if eligible. 
  • The DTC can be retroactive up to 10 years, it is worth trying to backdate.  
  • Ask your doctor about backdating to birth or when symptoms arose.  
  • Consult a professional or support agency like Disability Alliance BC (DABC). 
  • Make sure the application Part B accurately describes how autism impacts your life daily – This can include feeding, dressing, communication, social, anxiety, meltdowns, inflexibility, and executive functioning challenges.   
What should you do if you are denied the DTC? 
  • Contact CRA to request a review of your application. 
  • Flood them with information, such as new or updated medical reports, letters from medical practitioners familiar with your situation, or assessments. 
  • Include a detailed list of all daily challenges.  
  • DTC approval is not about the label or diagnosis, it is about how the disability impacts the person and to what degree they require additional support beyond what is expected of a “typical” person their age, especially around daily functioning.  
  • It is important to think about home, school, work and community environments and list all barriers and challenges. 
  • Write your Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) or Member of Parliament (MP). 
Do you know more about how the DTC ties in with an RDSP?

We previously partnered with Disability Alliance BC (DABC) and a member of their Tax AID & Access RDSP program. The session provided information to the community about qualifying for and accessing federal disability benefits, such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) and Disability Tax Credit (DTC.) Learn about which benefits you or your family members may be able to take advantage of heading into this tax season and beyond.



Autism Funding in BC is one of the best sites out there and worth bookmarking! Written by a parent, this site has so much more than tax information; find out about RDSPs, BC Funding, Federal Funding, and more! Check out Tax Time and New Disability Tax Credit Documents.

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP (Canadians Only) – Facebook Group 

🍁 Disability Tax Credit CANADA 🍁 DTC Solutions Inc. 🍁 DTC CDB CCC HELP! – Facebook Group that also has a paid consultant available for hire.   

Other Government Benefits to look at:
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