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The Canadian Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that facilitates greater tax equity through disability funds. The extra costs for your care, support, or special equipment are unavoidable, additional expenses that other taxpayers don’t face.
Your Disability Tax Credit amount will vary based on your disability, how much income tax you’ve paid, and if you have any retroactive DTC claims. Your eligibility is based on your medical practitioner’s diagnosis, and meeting certain criteria outlined below.
Your eligibility for the disability tax credit is dependent on three conditions that must be met:
Your medical practitioner can only deem you eligible for the DTC if your ability to perform more than one of the following basic activities of living is significantly impaired:
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If you’ve been eligible for a disability refund for years, but never submitted a claim, you can collect your benefits retroactively for up to 10 years. From 2006 to 2016, the maximum disability tax credit amount you can claim retroactively is $17,000 CAD.
If you're taking care of a child with a disability, the Child Disability Benefit provides up to $2,730 CAD per year ($227.50/month). Claimed retroactively, you can recover upwards of $50,000 CAD for your child.