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Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

February 26th, 2020

AutismBC

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.
There are four steps in applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)  
  1. Download the DTC Form here (also called the T2201) and complete Part A of the form.

  2. Depending on your disability, take Part B of the form to one of these people: your family doctor, optometrist, audiologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, nurse practitioner or speech/ language pathologist. Ask them to fill out the relevant sections. You may need to pay for this.  When you call to make an appointment, let the receptionist know what it is for and ask how much it will cost. 

  3. Get the signed form back from your practitioner. You want to be the person to send it in. 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.

  4. Send 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. Or if you prefer, you can now send Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, and any supporting documents using the secure online tool “Submit Documents” in your CRA My Account or Represent Client sections. This is a quick way to send your form and get confirmation that the CRA has received your documents. (www.canada.ca: About My Account) (https://www.rdsp.com/tutorial/how-do-you-apply-for-the-disability-tax-credit/, 2024).  
Does the DTC (Disability Tax Credit) last forever or does it 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 online My Account (Government of Canada) For example, our son was diagnosed at 3, and the approved DTC had an expiry date after 5 years. Well, guess what? 5 years later and he was still autistic. We applied again and had no issues getting it renewed. Our new expiration is when he becomes an adult. However, I’ve heard of it being renewed as well as declined for other families.  

Some other DTC tips:
What to 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). 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Autism Tax

David TaylorAutismBC society member and a knowledgeable expert in the area of autism money matters, has presented many groups with his “Autism and Taxes” talk and spent many years navigating all the funding options for kids on the spectrum. In this interview, David Taylor, answers some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Autism Tax and Finance he’s come across over the years. Watch the video below: 

Can we backdate all the money that we pay the BI? Can we claim them under medical expenses in our income tax? 

If you are using your autism funding to pay for the BI, you can not use that as a tax deduction as you aren’t paying out of pocket. If you are paying above and beyond the autism funding, then I would check with an accountant about if you can claim it, perhaps as childcare or medical expenses.

You can also contact Disability Alliance BC (DABC) and they provide free tax information.

Resources

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

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

Other Government Benefits to look at:

Child Disability Benefit (CDB) 

Canada Caregiver Credit (CCC)

Autism and the T2201 Guide – “Are you thinking of applying for or renewing the Disability Tax Credit Certificate? If so, there is a new version of my Autism and the T2201 Guide released with some significant changes,” (Autism Funding in BC, July 27, 2022).

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