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Veterans Receive Help With Tax Credit Paperwork

November 11, 2014
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Disability assistance is available but securing it costs time and money. In some circumstances, investments of time outweigh modest financial gains. A lot of this labor goes into locating and filling out confusing paperwork. Furthermore, after sending in paperwork to government units, follow up is required. And, needless to say, it is common for these documents to get lost in the system. This is true for many people with disabilities as well as veterans.

The National Benefit Authority understands the hoops people go through to get a little financial relief. Nevertheless, the government of Canada offers a tax credit to people with disabilities, including veterans. To access these funds, one must qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. This tax credit opens doors to savings, retroactive payments, and other benefits programs like RDSP. Qualifying for the tax credit sounds easy, but there is one contingency: paperwork is required.

Advice on How to Process and Organize Paperwork

Government isn’t always reliable or timely when it comes to organizing paperwork. Do you know the saying, “when in doubt- throw it out?” For Canadian veterans and people with disabilities, this saying is null and void. In fact, do the opposite. It is best to make copies of all paperwork and have a separate filing system to keep all duplicate documents.

What Papers to Keep

• ALL medical records- This includes doctor notes, pharmacy orders, hospital bills, and more.
• Income and tax statements- Pay stubs, government check receipts, and charitable donations.
• Deployment orders- For all veterans, it is important to keep all paperwork sent from the government.

Why Keep these Documents

• Many vets have run into problems getting proper health insurance without them. Also, people with disabilities who have trouble verifying their claims may find that having backup forms expedites the process.
• You may be denied benefits or compensations if you have no way to prove how you were injured.
• Spouses and family members need this information to act on your behalf or for themselves.

If you have lost important papers, Veterans Affairs might be able to help you locate what you need.  Here is a link to their website: http://metisvets.webs.com/veteransaffairs.htm.

When it comes to dealing with government tax benefits and veteran claims, it is a good idea to remain organized. Do not expect government to be organized for you. This is unrealistic. Have your own system helps to protect you and can expedite the process of getting money you deserve.

The National Benefit Authority (NBA) thanks you for serving our great nation. Your bravery in accepting risk and living with unique circumstances ensures all Canadians can live good lives. Unfortunately, the quality of life that your service earns is lessened by the lack of government support available to people with disabilities. This is especially disheartening when Canadian veterans do not receive the support they need according to their unwarranted disabilities. If you suffer from a severe and prolonged disability, contact the National Benefit Authority (1888-389-0080) to discuss your qualifications for government funding.

 

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I AM 84 YEARS OLD, I SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE FROM 1951 TO 1972, THREE YEARS IN GERMANY,
I AM A WIDOWER AND LIVE ALONE IN AN APARTMENT. 17 YEARS AGO I HAD A HEART ATTACK AND HAD ANGI BLASTY, JUST RECENTLY I DEVELOPED CHEST PAINS AND AFTER TESTS SHOWED THAT I HAVE TWO ARTERIES THAT ARE PARTIALLY BLOCKED AN AM TAKING DRUGS FOR THAT, I ALSO HAD A BLOOD CLOT IN MY LEG AND HAD TREATMENT FOR THAT.
I APPLIED FOR ASSISTANCE FOR PREPARING MEALS AS I HAVE A PROBLEM STANDING AT A COUNTER PREPARING MEALS, I AM EATING MOSTLY FROZEN AND PREPARED MEALS.
I ALSO APPLIED FOR MAINTENANCE FOR SNOW REMOVAL AND GRASS CUTTING AS PART OF MY RENT IS FOR MAINTENANCE . AND HAVE BEEN TURNED DOWN

I suffer from a hearing loss resulting from my time served in the Armed Forces.I do get a small disability payment each month but for some reason I cannot claim a disability amount at tax time.Doctors refuse to fill out the required forms because hearing aids help my situation. I agree hearing aids do help but not all the time as I do have severe hearing loss! Any idea as to why I can’t claim a disability amount at tax time on my return?

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