Government Launches Consultations on the Disability Tax Credit

November 6, 2014

 

Government Launches Consultations on the Disability Tax Credit

 

Ottawa, ON – Recently, the Federal Government announced that a series of consultations will be held across Canada in regards to the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act, a private members bill put forward by Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

 

The Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act will limit fees that can charged for helping to complete a disability tax credit request and will ensure that more money remains with those with disabilities and their caregivers. According to CRA data, approximately 1.1 million taxpayers are currently eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) with approximately 50% being seniors. In the 2012-13 fiscal year, about 620,000 individuals claimed the credit on their taxes which amounted to a total of $986 million.

 

Consultations on Ms. Gallant’s bill will take place in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax. The consultations will provide Canadians with disabilities, their caregivers, promoters, tax professionals, qualified practitioners and members of the public with an opportunity to provide feedback on how the Canada Revenue Agency can simplify and clarify the application process for the DTC. The feedback will also help the Government develop regulations under the Act that will establish the maximum fee that can be charged or accepted from a client for completing a disability tax credit application and claiming the disability amount. Those who cannot attend the in-person consultations can take part in an online consultation process.

 

“I am very pleased to see that the Government will be holding consultations on how to simplify and clarify the Disability Tax Credit as well as receiving input on a maximum fee that can be charged to help someone with a disability file for this credit,” said Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “It is only fair that those who have a disability receive more of the money from this credit than those who help them to file for it. This will certainly go a long way to ensure that this credit is fair and is supporting those who need it.”

 

For more information on how participate in the online consultations please visit; http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/dtc/cnslttn-eng.html.

 

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