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What Autism-Related Benefits and Taxes can I Claim?

February 1st, 2024

AutismBC

For Caregivers

Preparing for tax season is a great time to be sure you and your family are receiving all the autism-related benefits, credits, and financial supports you may be eligible for!

 

What Autism-Related Benefits and Taxes Can I Claim?
What Autism-Related Benefits and Taxes Can I Claim?
Federal Benefits

Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

“The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the income tax they may have to pay. Once an individual is eligible for the DTC, they may claim the disability amount. At the end of the year, this amount includes a supplement for persons under 18.

The DTC’s purpose is to provide greater tax equity by allowing some relief for disability costs, which are unavoidable additional expenses that other taxpayers don’t have to face.

Being eligible for the DTC can open the door to other federal, provincial, or territorial programs such as:  

  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP): “A registered disability savings plan (RDSP) is a savings plan intended to help an individual who is approved to receive the disability tax credit (DTC) to save for their long-term financial security” (Government of Canada, 2024). 
  • Canada Workers Benefit (CWB): “A refundable tax credit to help individuals and families who are working and earning a low income; The CWB has two parts: a basic amount and a disability supplement” (Government of Canada, 2024)  
  • Child Disability Benefit: “A tax-free monthly payment made to families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. (Government of Canada, 2023). 
  • Canada Caregiver Credit: “Do you support a spouse or common-law partner, or a dependant with a physical or mental impairment? The Canada caregiver credit (CCC) is a non-refundable tax credit that may be available to you” (Government of Canada 2024)  

** 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).  Backdating the DTC would also provide eligibility for backdated payments on the Canada Caregiver Credit, the Canada Child Benefit and the Child disability benefit.   

Canada Child Benefit (CCB) 
“The Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. The CCB may include the child disability benefit and related provincial and territorial programs.” (Government of Canada, 2023). 

Read more about the DTC in our new resource blog: Disability Tax Credit (DTC) — Autism Q & A, Caregivers, Funding

Provincial Benefits & Supports

Disability Assistance 
“Disability assistance can help you if you need financial or health support. You must be designated as a Person with Disabilities (PWD) to receive this type of assistance” (Government of BC, 2024).  For adults 18 years and over.  

If you meet the criteria for disability assistance in British Columbia, your monthly income surpasses that of individuals receiving basic income assistance. Additionally, you enjoy a broader spectrum of medical benefits, including coverage for health equipment, a higher asset limit allowing you to own more while still qualifying for assistance, and increased income exemptions. 

Affordable Childcare Benefit 
“The Affordable Child Care Benefit is a monthly payment to help eligible families with the cost of child care. Factors like income, family size, and type of care determine how much support families can get” (Government of BC, 2024).  

Home Owner Grant 
“The home owner grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay each year on your principal residence.”  (Government of BC, 2024). 

Rental Assistance Program (RAP) 
“The Rental Assistance Program provides eligible low-income working families with monthly assistance to help with their monthly rent payments” (BC Housing, 2024). 

The Individualized Funding Option – Community Living BC 
“If you are approved for a CLBC funded service, you can receive support from a service provider in your community, or you can use an option called Individualized Funding” (Community Living BC, 2024)  

Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit 

“Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit and provides a refundable tax credit that may be claimed by seniors, adult persons with disabilities and other eligible individuals in respect of the qualifying expenditures directly attributable to qualifying renovations made to an eligible dwelling. 

These amendments apply to the 2023 and subsequent taxation years. Expenditures must be paid after December 31, 2022, and must be in respect of services performed or goods acquired after that date.” (2023)  

Deductions and tax credits for persons with disabilities “If you are a person with a disability or you support someone with a disability, you may be able to claim on your income tax and benefit return the deductions and tax credits listed below” (Government of Canada 2024) 

    • Line 33099 Medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependant children under 18; claim the total eligible medical expenses that you or your spouse or common-law partner paid for any of the following persons: yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, your or your spouse or common-law partner’s children who were under 18 years of age at the end of the tax year (Government of Canada 2023) 
    • Line 33199 Allowable amount of medical expenses for other dependants;  claim the part of eligible medical expenses that you or your spouse or common-law partner paid for any of the following persons who depended on you for support: your or your spouse or common-law partner’s children who were 18 years of age or older at the end of the tax year, or grandchildren your or your spouse or common-law partner’s parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, or nieces who were residents of Canada at any time in the year 
  • Home buyers’ amount (Line 3120); You can claim up to $10,000 for the purchase of a qualifying home in 2023 if both of the following apply: You (or your spouse or common-law partner) acquired a qualifying home, You did not live in another home inside or outside Canada that you (or your spouse or common-law partner) owned in the year of acquisition or in any of the four preceding years (first-time home buyer) (Government of Canada 2023) 
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