Disability Benefits for Intellectual Disability
Intellectual disability, also known as general learning disability, refers to mental handicaps that prevent a person from fully utilizing his or her mental capacity, or reduces a person’s mental ability, making various mental and physical tasks difficult.
The cognitive disability is typically diagnosed in people under the age of 18; their ability to function in their immediate social environment is a key indicator. Depending on the condition’s severity, intellectual disability may limit a child’s ability to walk, or communicate with other children. Developmental disabilities like memory and problem solving skills can also be severely affected, as well as the ability to comprehend and speak languages.
Causes of intellectual disability are attributed to: incidents during pregnancy, iodine deficiency, and a person’s genetic framework.
Intellectual Disability Benefits in Canada
To support Canadians dealing with intellectual disability, multiple Canadian disability benefits are offered through the Canadian government. The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in particular is designed to provide greater tax equity through some relief for disability costs, as these are unavoidable, additional expenses other taxpayers don’t pay.
But despite these disability tax refunds being accessible to many Canadians, unclaimed disability tax credits are very common. The DTC application process, including filling out Form T2201 (Disability Tax Credit certificate) and getting approval from a medical practitioner, can become lengthy and complex. So, many people don’t even bother submitting their claim, leaving potentially thousands of dollars on the table.
How Can the NBA Help Me?
The National Benefit Authority has assisted over 40,000 Canadians in successfully claiming their disability credits. Our team can walk you through your Canadian Disability Tax Credit application (Form T2201), calculate your Disability Tax Credit amount, and communicate with the Canada Revenue Agency on your behalf.
We’ll be alongside you every step of the way towards recovering your unclaimed Disability Tax Credit, helping you or a loved one find the support that’s needed.