Disability tax credit in Canada

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sunny days
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   Posted 3/8/2018 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

Wondering if any of you Canadians have had luck with the DTC? My application was recently declined, but I know of some folks with lyme who have had their app. approved-so it is possible. I just can't seem to get much info. from them-another forum. Approval is based on the effects of impairment and not the impairment itself. I'm going to get a copy of my doctor's portion of the application because I don't know what she wrote. Despite being supportive she must not have "worded" it properly to express the severity of my symptoms and how they impact the quality of my life...We owe the government money that we can't afford to pay back and they are threatening to garnish my CPP disability benefits, we are living hand to mouth, and I don't want to give any more money to lawyers. What would be really helpful is to see an example of a successfully filled out form. My brain is mush from just writing this post, and the thought of taking this on is frustrating and overwhelming, but we don't have a choice in the matter-child one is in 1st year university...one more to go.....yaddah yaddah yadah. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

Thank you for reading,

Neve

Girlie
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   Posted 3/8/2018 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sunny - I'm in BC.

I haven't applied for Disability tax credit...I never knew it existed...

I guess that's what I get for doing my own taxes with turbo tax and not going through an accountant.

I don't even have the CPP disability benefits. I was told that if you get them early, you will have to pay them back when you reach retirement age?
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added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
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sunny days
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   Posted 3/8/2018 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Girlie,

I'm in Ottawa. I use turbo tax too! With regards to CPP disability You do not have to pay back any money, when you turn 65, your disability benefit will automatically be converted to a retirement pension. Go to resolutelegal.ca and have them send you a booklet that describes how to maximize your chances of getting approved. I found it really helpful and was approved on my first try. Unlike this tax credit bs. I'm not giving up though, it's the least they can do considering................don't think I need to tell you! Let me know if you have any questions.

take care.

Girlie
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   Posted 3/8/2018 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay - thanks - I have been given different stories on the CPP disability.

Does my Dr. need to fill out forms for this?

And, can I apply even if I'm hoping to go back to work eventually? I'm not at retirement age yet...and am hoping to work until I'm 65.

Oh - and can you get the Disability tax credit if you aren't on the CPP disability?
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

sunny days
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   Posted 3/8/2018 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, yes, and yes. Good luck!

Girlie
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   Posted 3/8/2018 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!


Oh, one more question. What about the fact that I've been off work since 2013...so is there a deadline - that may have passed that won't allow me to even apply?
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

sunny days
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   Posted 3/9/2018 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
No, in fact they will go as far back as 10 years and apply the tax credit accordingly- money in your pocket. When my application for CPP was approved I received a retroactive payment as well as future monthly payments. I'm not sure what your financial situation is like but considering how much money we have to spend out of pocket for diagnosis and treatment...we are definitely entitled to these supports. I was finally diagnosed in Nov. 2017 after 9 years and am receiving treatment (antibiotic, antiviral........) I'm hoping that I will be able to return to work too. I'm only 46. I may have to change careers but I'm ok with that. In the mean time I'm grateful to be receiving LTD, CPP dis., and eventually the tax credit. How long have you been sick? I was previously diagnosed with CFS.

Girlie
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   Posted 3/9/2018 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
sunny days said...
No, in fact they will go as far back as 10 years and apply the tax credit accordingly- money in your pocket. When my application for CPP was approved I received a retroactive payment as well as future monthly payments. I'm not sure what your financial situation is like but considering how much money we have to spend out of pocket for diagnosis and treatment...we are definitely entitled to these supports. I was finally diagnosed in Nov. 2017 after 9 years and am receiving treatment (antibiotic, antiviral........) I'm hoping that I will be able to return to work too. I'm only 46. I may have to change careers but I'm ok with that. In the mean time I'm grateful to be receiving LTD, CPP dis., and eventually the tax credit. How long have you been sick? I was previously diagnosed with CFS.


Thank you so much. I will go to my Dr. and discuss with her. I'm assuming she has to say I'm not able to work....on the application form.

Did you use CFS as your diagnosis? I will have to use Lyme disease as I was never diagnosed with anything else...that diagnosis may not 'fly'.

Ive been sick since 2013...diagnosed via Igenex in 2014. But, Igenex isn't recognized here...I may have difficulty with that part of it.

Ugh - you had 9 years of a misdiagnosis....so sorry...that must have been h-ll.
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Symp started April/2013; Buhner's Lyme May 15-July24/14; Igenex pos. July 3/14
Doxy: July 4-Aug.24/14;Zithro July26-Aug24/14; Amox + Proben. Aug. 29/14;
added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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