Disability Tax Credit - Canada

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Ann F
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   Posted 9/25/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello fellow Canadians - someone recently told me about the Disability Tax Credit available in Canada. After doing some research I have discovered that some people with Crohn's qualify for this. I was just wondering if anyone on here has received this tax credit and if so what were the steps you had to go through to receive it.
thanks
ann

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/25/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there..fellow Canuck here.....i am in Ontario and have taxes done vy h and r block...they have never mentioned this to me in all the yrs i have dealt with them but i will check my last yrs return papers tomorrow am and see if there is anything on there okay will get back to you asap on this good question....lyn
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/25/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. Who told you that some CD patients qualify?
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


pb4
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   Posted 9/26/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm in Alberta and I get it (because of my CD), been getting it almost from the beginning of being sick (18 yrs now), it's a form that you and your doc have to fill out, it's very basic (1 sheet, 2 sided of a few questions total for both you and your doc to fill out and sign). When I first ogt approved for it they didn't ask for another one to be filled out until about 9 yrs later, then after that they requested I have one filled out every yr for the following 4 yrs then they sent a letter saying not to worry about filling one out for the future year or unless they ask again...I've always been approved (which is probably why they said not to bother unless asked again at some point in the future).

If you don't make enough of the basic total amount of income for the yr then your spouse can claim what ever portion you don't claim (which you wouldn't if you make under the basic personal amount for that yr). So it's great cuz even if you don't make enough money to use the claim your spouse can use part or all of the portion---my hubby claims the whole amount and it usually gets us back around 900.00 for the yr.

The government has a website so you can find out all the details about it.



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Ann F
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   Posted 9/26/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
So it really is that simple pb4 - I guess when I read it I thought I knew what it was all about. So you just take the form in to the doctor and have them fill it out?? Also, do you wait until tax time to send the form or can you send it at any time?? And finally I work full time as a teacher - so would I still qualify for this.
Thanks

Julia Hill
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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I might be wrong, but I was under the impression that one has to be on disability to qualify. That is why they check your status. This could be why it has never been mentioned to you if you are currently working. I will ck my forms from yesteryears and see if I can be of further assistance.

Julia

Julia Hill
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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
One has to be on disability for one year to qualify. That is why they check your status. This could be why it has never been mentioned to you if you are currently working. People with crohn's whom are on LTD qualify due to bowel incontinence.

Julia

pb4
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   Posted 9/26/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes Ann, you can send it in any time, you don't have to wait until tax time...as far as I've ever known, you don't have to be on disability in order to be eligible for the tax credit since they do say that "even if you're on disability it doesn't guarantee that you'll qualify for the tax credit and that you are allowed to make a certain amount of income a yr and you may still be eligible (I don't know what the certain amount of allowable income is though).

They may have changed things, so it's best to go to their website (the governments) and find out for sure.


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/26/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad peeps are giving ya input as I cannot find anything on my tax forms about this...My interest is piqued now so I am still checking ..great info pb4........take care...Lyn
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

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                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........co Moderator Crohns
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or You Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


pb4
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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Ya Lyn, they don't go out of their way to advertise the disability tax certificate, the only reason I knew about it was way back 19 yrs ago when my mom's husband at the time went on disability for lung cancer (he had surgery and recovered from it very well).

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Right oh ..only in Canader EH...lol.....I am calling HR block Monday to see why they have not done this for me ....Great input n thanks...Hoping you r well as can be my friend..luvs lyn

......Congrats just noticed u are among Elite now lol...... yeah


 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........co Moderator Crohns
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or You Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN

Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 9/26/2009 8:54:34 PM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 9/26/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
ya eh LOL...definitely call HR, they should have made you aware of this tax credit...I'm doing okay (been worse that's for sure) so I'm not complaining, hope you are doing well too, haven't seen you here in a bit (was missing ya).

Thanks, I'm quite the gabber and it shows eh LOL!


:)
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/26/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm an accountant so I'd be pretty embarrassed if I was missing out on this one all these years. :)

Sounds like you have to be pretty bad off to get this. The only one I can see applying to us is bowel elimination, so if you have uncontrollable diarrhea (you can't leave your house without significant danger of not making it to a toilet) and you expect it to continue for at least a year it seems to say you MAY qualify.

But I don't see anywhere where it says you have to be on disability to qualify.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pbg/tf/t2201/t2201-08e.pdf
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


pb4
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   Posted 9/27/2009 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
On the forms I've filled out in the past (which have been the same form over all the yrs) there's a spot for bowel/bladder incontinance...it doesn't get specific about not being able to leave your home incase of "accidents" but each case is considered seperately on each individual case....it doesn't state that you have to be on disability to qualify, but I've read where it says that if you are on disability that doesn't mean you'll automatically qualify because it's totally seperate from disability.
 
"

If you receive Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension

Plan disability benefits, workers' compensation benefits, or

other types of disability or insurance benefits, it does not

necessarily mean you are eligible for the disability

amount. These programs have other purposes and

different criteria, such as an individual's inability to work.



:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Skylardaisy
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   Posted 9/27/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I live in Manitoba and I qualified for the Disability Tax Credit even though I have never been on disability.
On the form I indicated that I required a much longer time than a "normal" person to complete activities related to bowel function. My doctor agreed with this and also signed the form. I am approved until 2012 and then have to reapply.
I encourage any Canadian living with Crohn's disease to apply for this.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/27/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all..I am calling hnr to get answers from them gssshhh ya think after dealing with them all these yrs they would have helped me out eh lol.....hoping all are doing as well as can b...pb4 Cait came home found me in a seizure spent quite some time in hospital tubes everywhere..but this ole Canuck aint goin anywhere yet..luvs lyn
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........co Moderator Crohns
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or You Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


pb4
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   Posted 9/27/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG Lyn!!!! I'm glad you're okay now? What happend???

:)
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~


Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/27/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Well as you may remember Mom passed away then within short time Dad ...then Howie up n left with his woman ...I think I had just had enough where I finally could not contain any longer and literally blew a gasket my hearing is totally gone from the IV meds for the pyoderma......When i woke up in hospital i was being fed by tube nd tubes eveywhere at the time ..i had lost about 30 lbs and got so deep into a mental depression thete was no way out i guess the doc said i over amped the brain lol...poor Cait can u imagine she found me like that son came from Alberta fr a mth to help out aqnd now I am just starting to get some of old self back ..I could not remembe things from early times ya know short term memory was blown for sometime I still have moments but am coming thru,i HAVE definitely been blessed with Cait she did everything moved us fo other place to here was at hospital al the time is still afriad to lv me for long peiods of time but seizures are slowly controlled now thank GOD...At first I could not even remember how to use puter and all kinds of things it has been a living nighmare..I do not take any day hour for granted anymore I came to close my friend......I guess it was just not my time i want to be around for awhile ya know ...my potassium level was apparently almost nil so am on that now too .......I am so happy to be back n seeing al my old friends n meeting new ones.......take care you and I am calling HR in the am or Cait will hqve to am waiting for the tty phone disabilty is footing the bill for that ....again be well and see ya on the boards.....luvs lyn
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........co Moderator Crohns
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or You Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


pb4
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   Posted 9/27/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Lyn (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) you are obviously a very strong woman and after all you've been through recently, even stronger now than before....please know that my warmest thoughts are always with you...and I'm glad you're back!


:)
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~


Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/27/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks it is so good to be back...i have really missed so many dear friends...be well you k ..luvs lyn
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........co Moderator Crohns
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or You Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/27/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
On the forms I've filled out in the past (which have been the same form over all the yrs) there's a spot for bowel/bladder incontinance...it doesn't get specific about not being able to leave your home incase of "accidents" but each case is considered seperately on each individual case....it doesn't state that you have to be on disability to qualify, but I've read where it says that if you are on disability that doesn't mean you'll automatically qualify because it's totally seperate from disability.


"
If you receive Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension

Plan disability benefits, workers' compensation benefits, or

other types of disability or insurance benefits,
<B><FONT face="Times New Roman">it does not

necessarily mean you are eligible for the disability

amount</B></FONT>. These programs have other purposes and

different criteria, such as an individual's inability to work.


:)


Yeah, I was sort of guessing about the implications of the bowel problem that they'd require to qualify, but it does seem limited to bowel elimination.

If only they had one for disability caused by internal bleeding I'd be golden! :)
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


pb4
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   Posted 9/28/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I definitely have urgency issues, I've crapped my pants at home on enough occassions let alone when away from home so my doc has no issues with signing the form for me when needed...you're right though Rider Fan, it is a shame that it's limited so much....I've never been one to be doubled-over in gut pain like many crohnies are and you'd think that would count for something, plus pooping (even only 5 on average times a day) often definitely leaves a person feeling pretty exhausted at times.

I think anyone with serious enough health issues should have some kind of automatic tax credit issued to them, working or not, especially those with chronic illnesses...I also think that CPP should not be limited to permanant disability but should also offer temporary disability which would really come in handy for those CDers that are having a particularly bad flare for a while but are then able to reach remission (or at least feel well enough to work again)....if only we lived in a perfect world eh.

:)
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~


Ann F
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   Posted 9/28/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all the info people
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