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What is the Child Disability Benefit

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What is the Child Disability Benefit?

As defined by the Canada Revenue Agency, The Child Disability Benefit (CDB) is a tax-free benefit worth up to $2,730 (for the 2016 tax year) for families who care for a child under age 18 with a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. This amount fluctuates annually, and is paid out monthly. The actual amount you receive back is affected by your family net income.

The CDB can only be collected by a family if the child is eligible for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit.

My child has a hearing disability or X disability. Is my child eligible?

Possibly. It doesn’t solely depend on the condition so much as how the condition affects them. Your child must have a severe or prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions; a condition is only considered ‘prolonged’ if it has lasted, or is expected to last, for a period of at least 12 months. This eligibility requirement is not limited to only hearing disabilities or specific diagnosis, but to any medical condition that fits the CRA’s Disability Tax Credit eligibility requirements.

Additionally, you’ll need to be able to prove your child has a physical or mental disability when you apply for the Disability Tax Credit with support from your medical practitioner. Learn about the Disability Tax Credit application process or get the Disability Tax Credit Certificate here.

Common Disabilities that Qualify for the Disability Tax Credit

From memory loss in children to mild intellectual disabilities, a wide array of physical and mental disabilities may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. While we mention that not one specific disability or diagnosis qualifies you for the tax credit, there are common conditions that may get your child qualified.

Here are some of the most common disabilities in children that qualify for the Disability Tax Credit.

If your child is living with a disability, he or she may qualify for the Child Disability Benefit. But the first step is determining their Disability Tax Credit eligibility, and submitting your DTC application – which The National Benefit Authority can assist you entirely with.

Contact us today at 1-877-838-2320, or fill out our Quick Assessment form!