Disability Tax Credit for Arthritis. Arthritis pain in wrist. Disability Tax Credit for Arthritis

Arthritis is a common chronic condition affecting a significant number of people in Canada. Estimated at over 6 million Canadians, or about 1 in 5 adults. Arthritis can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, affecting their ability to perform daily activities, work, and participate in social and recreational activities. It is a leading cause of disability in Canada. Many people with arthritis, do not realize they may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit in Canada.

Living with arthritis can be challenging, with the primary symptoms being chronic joint pain and inflammation. There are various types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, among others. There are over a hundred different types of arthritis, each with a slightly different impact on daily life. All types of arthritis may qualify for the disability tax credit in Canada.

The financial burden of arthritis can be significant, with additional healthcare expenses that go beyond what is covered by the Canadian healthcare system. Recognizing the financial strain that arthritis places on individuals, the Canadian Government offers financial assistance through the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) and other related disability benefits.

By qualifying for the disability tax credit (DTC), you can receive substantial financial support. Approved individuals often receive amounts up to $50,000, by not only getting approved for the DTC but also the Canada Caregiver Credit, Child Disability Benefit, supplement to the Canada Workers Benefits and Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

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Questions About Arthritis and the Disability Tax Credit

  • Can you claim the Disability Tax Credit for Arthritis?
    Yes, you can. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in Canada and one of the leading disabilities that result in someone qualifying and getting approved for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) in Canada.
  • Does arthritis qualify for disability in Canada?
    Yes, it does. It’s one of the leading causes of disability and disability benefits in Canada.
  • What type of Arthritis Qualifies you for Disability in Canada?
    Any type of arthritis can qualify for the disability tax credit in Canada. Including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, juvenile arthritis, ankylosing arthritis, and the other less-known types of arthritis, which include over 100 types.
  • At what point does arthritis become a disability?
    Arthritis becomes a “disability” and an individual qualifies for the disability tax credit once it meets the “severe and prolonged” threshold established by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Severe means that symptoms of arthritis impact a person’s ability to perform one or more of the basic activities of daily living, which include walking, getting dressed, and meal preparation tasks, among others. It has to be to the point that it takes that person a significantly longer amount of time to perform the activity when compared to someone without an impairment. If the symptoms impact two or more activities, that threshold to meet “severe” for each activity is lessened. Prolonged means that impairment has lasted or is expected to last at least a twelve month period of time.
  • What is the CRA disability credit?
    The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit established in order to offset the additional costs associated with having a medical condition in Canada. It is worth anywhere from $1,800 to $2,600 a year, depending on which province you reside in. Getting approved for the DTC also opens up the door to other benefits.
  • How Far back will the CRA pay the disability tax credit?
    You can retroactively claim the disability tax credit for ten calendar years.
  • Can I get a refund from CRA for Arthritis?
    Yes. If you can retroactively claim the credit for the full ten-year period, this can result in a substantial disability tax credit refund, of over $26,000. Much more when you include the additional benefits the DTC can qualify you for.
  • What is the CRA disability supplement?
    The CRA provides several benefits for individuals with arthritis once they get approved for the DTC.  These include the Canada Caregiver Credit, Child Disability Benefit, supplement to the Canada Workers Benefit, the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) – Disability Bonds and Disability Grants program, and more.  This can result in a substantial return up to $50,000.
  • How do I claim my disability credit with the CRA?
    First, you must get a form, T2210 Disability Tax Credit Application completed by your medical practitioner. You will want to make sure that it is completed properly, meaning that your medical practitioner focuses on the symptoms and the impact of the symptoms on the basic activities of daily living that the CRA specifically looks for when determining eligibility for the program. Once that’s completed, you need to submit that form to the CRA. You will want to make sure that you have paid enough income taxes in each year you’re eligible to claim the credits.  If you do not have a high enough taxable income in each year, you will want to explore your options for transferring your credits to a family member. Alternatively, you can contact us to get the process started and we’ll work with your medical practitioner on your behalf to ensure everything gets completed properly and you receive the maximum benefits you’re entitled to receive.