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Disability Tax Credit after Death

September 10, 2013

“My dad was severely disabled. He passed last year. I cared for him leading up to that time. Is there any disability support for someone in my position?”

– Carol in Winnipeg


When a disabled person passes away, family, friends, and caregivers grieve. After the passing, people often struggle with feelings of loss and sadness. Unfortunately, a time like this ushers in other burdens as well.

A disabled person can accumulate many medical expenses. These will need to be settled after the time of death. In addition, funeral costs are expensive and add unnecessary concern to the family. For a supporting person who suffers the loss of a disabled love one, there is never a better time to apply for the Disability Tax Credit.

Dealing with Death and Disability

The Disability Tax Credit is a disability support program available through government. There are funds reserved for people in these positions. Under some circumstances, money can be accessed even after death. The supporting person can have the Disability Tax Credit transferred to his or her taxes if the loved one has been deceased for less than 10 years.

Caregivers Claim Tax Credits

A caregiver can have the Disability Tax Credit transferred from a disabled beneficiary who is dependent for basic life necessities. In that role, a caregiver is considered the “supporting person.” After the passing of a disabled person, it is possible that he or she still qualifies for the Disability Tax Credit. While there will not be future refunds, the tax credit may reward a caregiver with $1,500 to $40,000 for the past 10 years of unclaimed benefits.

Eligibility requirements are the same for a person and deceased person. The individual must qualify before the Disability Tax Credit can be transferred. He or she must have had a prolonged disability that limited ability to perform certain daily living tasks.

When a caregiver claims the Disability Tax Credit for a disabled loved one, it is meant to compensate the individual for any expenses that accrued while caring for the disabled family member.

Problems with Transferring Tax Credits

Of all the challenges involved with applying for the Disability Tax Credit, this is one of the trickiest situations to navigate. More so, time is of the essence. If the qualification process drags on too long it can cut into claiming retroactive payments. It is important to fill out the Disability Tax Credit Certificate right the first time. Completing the document for a deceased person presents unique obstacles.

The National Benefit Authority confronts these challenges head-on. They help caregivers get money owed to them from government. During the time of loss, it is hard to deal with financial burdens. To ensure benefits are received, contact the National Benefit Authority.

Benefit Specialists are available to listen to a caregiver explain individual circumstances. Increase chances of successfully applying for the Disability Tax Credit by allowing the NBA assist this process. A consultation may shed light on a caregiver’s option.

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