In October 2012, I applied for the Disability Tax Credit.
Canadians who have an 'impairment that requires life-sustaining therapy' of more than 14 hours per week are eligible to apply. I know several people with type 1 diabetes who have successfully applied for this tax credit. The benefit is immediately evident on their yearly Income Tax forms but people have also been able to apply for a credit on previous years and I personally know people who have received rebates ranging from $7000 to $12,000. Not to mention that they are also eligible to put money into a Registered Disability Savings Plan which is a wonderful tool as the money put it is matched (up to three times over) by the government.
I applied in October 2012. The application form said that I should receive a response in 6 to 8 weeks. I patiently counted down and, at exactly 8 weeks, received a letter in the mail. The letter said that they had received my application but required more time to review it.
That was the beginning of December.
Yesterday, February 7 2013, I came home to find a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency.
The letter said that they had reviewed my application and determined that I was 'not eligible for the Disability Tax Credit at this time'.
They outlined the qualification requirements (which I already knew) and said that things like carb counting and time spend exercising were not eligible (which I already knew).
They then said that the following activities were included in my application but were not eligible were:
- time spent following dietary restrictions or regimes (carb counting)
- time spent following an exercise program
I did not include either of those things in my application as I had been aware when applying that they do not count.
Four and a half months of waiting to get a letter saying that I didn't quality for reasons that aren't even valid.
Lucky for me, they also included two options for appealing a decision.
Guess it's time to pull out my submission package and make a few phone calls.