Medical Conditions that Qualify for Disability Tax Credit in Canada
Find out more about the medical conditions that may qualify an individual for the disability tax credit in Canada:
Our expert team at Count Smart can answer any questions regarding eligibility. When you file with us, we ensure that we maximize your refunds as well as explore any further credits that you may be eligible for. We care about helping Canadians living with medical conditions that affect them on a daily basis access the tax credits they are entitled to.
Does Your Medical Condition Qualify
for the Disability Tax Credit?
If you have a physical, mental or neurological impairment and the effects of your medical condition affect your daily life, you may be entitled to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. To be eligible, your medical practitioner is required to confirm and certify that:
- you have an impairment in one of the categories listed by the CRA which is serious and prolonged (at least 12 months);
- you are significantly limited in two or more categories; or
- your impairment restricts your vital functions, and you need life-sustaining therapy
Due to the eligibility criteria which emphasize that the effects of one’s disability must be prolonged, mental conditions are harder to qualify an individual for disability tax credit. Many health care professionals report that the effects of mental disabilities are often temporary and episodic rather than prolonged. To qualify, you must either be unable to perform daily tasks, or you must take an extended amount of time to complete daily tasks as a result of your condition.
It is a common misconception that all medical related conditions must be certified by a medical doctor. In fact, some impairments can be certified by different medical practitioners who are providing treatment such as a nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, audiologist, speech-language pathologist, physiotherapist, optometrist or psychologist.
It is important to note that just a diagnosis of a medical condition is not enough. The degree to which your condition impedes your life is an important determinant. Factors such as whether your medical condition is short-term or long-term also matter. If the effects of your medical condition extend more than 12 months, you may qualify. The best way to find out is to call us; you may potentially qualify without knowing it. We specialize in helping people with medical conditions apply for the Disability Tax Credit in Canada.