Category: Why We Must Act

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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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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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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‘The CRA lied to us’ about tax credit, say diabetes advocacy groups

Groups obtained internal memo telling CRA agents to deny most claims for tax credit Dec 04, 2017 – CBC News   Diabetes research and advocacy groups say the Canada Revenue Agency has been lying to them about changes to how it assesses applications for the disability tax credit. In order to qualify for the credit,…

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‘It’s a labyrinth’: Montreal mom out hundreds of dollars applying for son’s disability tax credit

December 8, 2018 – CBC News Sharon McCarry says applying for Canada’s DTC is expensive and time consuming, calls for changes to program   A Montreal West mother says she’s exhausted and frustrated by the cost and red tape required to access Canada’s disability tax credit (DTC) for her son, who has autism. Sharon McCarry…

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Moncton man among growing number of Canadians with diabetes denied disability tax credit

October 31, 2017 – Global News A New Brunswick man with diabetes is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to make it easier for people with the disease to qualify for the disability tax credit after his claim was denied. Kevin Dunphy says he was told his claim was rejected because “I don’t consume 14…

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CRA tells Commons committee it suspended action on disability tax credit

CRA tells Commons committee it suspended action on disability tax credit The Canada Revenue Agency stopped processing all disability tax credit applications made by diabetics for a short time this past year, a senior CRA official told the Commons finance committee on Thursday. “We did, for a period of time, stop processing,” Frank Vermaeten, the CRA’s…

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Tory MPs say the government is denying tax credit to diabetics

Oct 22, 2017 – iPolitics  Conservative MPs say the Liberal government has been denying a tax credit to people with diabetes despite the fact their doctors say they’re eligible. Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre said at a press conference in Ottawa Sunday that it was recently brought to his attention that the Canada Revenue Agency…

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