Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

December 03, 2014 16:34 ET

Government of Canada Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities by Encouraging Canadians to Take Advantage of Available Benefits

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 3, 2014) - Canada Revenue Agency

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue, today marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by encouraging Canadians to take advantage of the many credits and benefits now available to persons with disabilities and their caregivers, and to take part in the Government's current online consultations on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC).

The CRA is conducting consultations with Canadians with disabilities, their caregivers, associations for persons with disabilities, promoters, tax professionals, qualified practitioners, and members from the general public on how the CRA can simplify and clarify the DTC application process. The feedback will help the CRA improve the DTC process and draft regulations to implement the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act (DTCPRA). The Act limits fees that can be charged by third parties to help complete a disability tax credit request, so that more money remains in the hands of persons with disabilities and their caregivers. Online consultations remain open to the public until December 15, at www.cra.gc.ca/dtcconsultations.

Recognizing the important contribution that persons with disabilities and their caregivers make to their communities, the Government of Canada offers them many benefits, programs, and services, including:

  • Disability supports deduction
  • Child disability benefit
  • Registered disability savings plan
  • Refundable medical expenses

Quick Facts

  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and generate support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities.
  • As part of its consultations on the DTC, the CRA is currently conducting in-person consultations in four cities across the country: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.
  • Online consultations remain open to the public until December 15, at www.cra.gc.ca/dtcconsultations.
  • It is estimated that approximately 1.1 million taxpayers are currently eligible for the DTC, and that approximately 50% are seniors.
  • For the 2012-2013 tax year, approximately 620,000 individuals claimed the DTC on their Income Tax and Benefit Return, for a total amount of $986 million available to support them as a result.
  • The Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act (DTCPRA) received Royal Assent on May 29.

Quotes

"Our Government is working to ensure persons with disabilities, their caregivers and families are well-served by our programs. Our Disability Tax Credit consultations will give us essential feedback from this community on how we can reduce red tape and simplify the application process, so that Canadians can benefit from available resources and services easily and quickly."

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

Associated Links

Disability tax credit

Persons with disabilities

T2201 Disability Tax Credit Certificate

Registered disability savings plan (RDSP)

Information for Qualified Practitioners

United Nations

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    Media Relations
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