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Private member’s bill expanding disability tax credit eligibility to cost $48 million: PBO

Hill Times By Marco Vigliotti. Published on Jan 29, 2019 4:54pm A private member’s bill expanding eligibility for the federal disability tax credit will cost Canadians $48 million each year, according to a new study from parliament’s spending watchdog. The Parliamentary Budget Officer said in a report Tuesday that Conservative MP Tom Kmiec’s Bill C-399…

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Many Canadians not taking advantage of tax credits

More than one-third of families who financially contribute to the care of a loved one due to advanced age or illness are out of pocket an average $430 per month. And while tax credits are available in some cases, many caregivers aren’t taking advantage of them, says a new CIBC poll. Three-quarters of caregivers who provide financial support admit…

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The Canada Revenue Agency Keeps People With Disabilities In Poverty

The administration of the Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Disability Tax Credit must be taken out of the CRA’s hands.   Huffington Post, 04/16/2018 Canada’s Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is the first poverty-fighting tool for people with disabilities in the world. This remarkable example of federal/provincial/territorial cooperation, which was created in 2008, has already changed the lives of…

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Disability Tax Fairness

MP Tom Kmiec has Introduced Legislation Calling for Disability Tax Fairness   On March 21st, I tabled Private Member’s Bill C-399, the Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act that aims to improve accessibility to the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). This builds on previous efforts by Canada’s Conservatives to ensure that Canadians eligible for the DTC…

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The culture at the CRA is changing – and we should all be concerned

Globe and Mail – MARCH 9, 2018 I’ve been immersed in the world of personal finance for about 25 years. I’m aging now – as is my wife, Carolyn. She regularly reminds me that a gentleman always remembers a woman’s birthday but never her age. Sorry, dear, I know exactly how old you are. But I…

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Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD)

“On behalf of the 2.8 million Canadians affected by one or more rare disorders, the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders is grateful to Tom Kmiec, MP, for his leadership in introducing these amendments.  Many of the 7,000 rare disorders are severe and debilitating, necessitating considerable time, care, and attention.  The proposed changes will provide much…

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Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders

“This Private Members’ Bill would reinforce the legal right for the disability tax credit to PKU sufferers and end CRA’s systemic discrimination against them. Because it improves the wording of the Income Tax Act around diet regimes to include certain activities like preparing meals intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition…

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF)

“The Fairness for Persons with Disabilities Act will make it easier for Canadians with diabetes and others to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit by making some small but meaningful changes to the Income Tax Act. Importantly, it recognizes the arbitrary nature of the 14 hour requirement for life-sustaining therapy. By reducing the number hours to…

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Diabetes Canada

“Diabetes Canada supports the reduction of time spent on life-sustaining therapy to 10 hours. The financial and health burden of diabetes is the same regardless of time spent managing it and more Canadians with diabetes need the financial relief the Disability Tax Credit is designed to provide in order to effectively manage this disease.” ~…

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Emails show CRA altered interpretation of tax credit for diabetes patients, challenging government’s claim

Agency directed staff to ‘disallow without clarification’ applicants who could not prove they spent at least 14 hours a week managing insulin injections  December 4, 2017 – Financial Post OTTAWA — The Canada Revenue Agency made it more difficult in May of this year for diabetes patients over the age of 18 to access a…

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