The Government of Canada offers the disability tax credit to those currently injured or unable to work because of a long-term condition. The credit comes in the form of a tax break, providing you and your family with much-needed income to cover medical costs or day-to-day expenses like bills and groceries.
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If you’re still reading this, you probably already qualify. But you may be wondering where to claim the disability tax credit. The system is administered by the Revenue Service of Canada, so you’ll need to get in touch with your local tax centre. Here are some key things to know:
- The Credit is Applied to Your Tax Return – You should submit the disability tax credit certificate before filing your taxes for a given year. It isn’t a requirement, but ensures that you receive the money on time. The sum will be added to your standard tax return.
- You Must Send the Application by Mail – The Revenue Service doesn’t allow you to send a fax, scan or copy of your application. You need to send the signed hard copy by mail to your designated tax office.
- Your Tax Centre Depends on Where You Live – It is important that you send the document to the right office (a chart with explanations and addresses of every tax office can be found on the application form). For example, if you live in Ontario (Read more about Ontario Disability Benefits), you are most likely served by the Sudbury Tax Centre. If you live in Alberta, your tax centre is in Winnipeg.
If you have all the necessary documents, just check the certificate to find the address of your local tax centre! For additional information or advice, call us at Disability Credit Canada. We specialize in making applying for a disability tax credit as easy as possible!