Last week, CRA decided to reverse its policy on adults living with Type 1 diabetes and the Disability Tax Credit. This probably has many people wondering..what now?? Here are a few next steps for adults living with type 1.
If you have had your application rejected since May of 2017, CRA has said that they will be re-examining all denied claims for people living with type 1 diabetes.
This means that if you would have previously qualified for the DTC based on pre-May guidelines, your application status will be changed to approved.
If you haven’t made your application yet, you can now do so with some confidence of approval.
If you live with type 1 diabetes and are intensively managing your diabetes, then you could qualify. As per before May 2017, you will have to show the time you spent. That time will have to be more than 14 hours per week. It cannot include time spent on exercise, carb counting or recovering from a low.
Follow the Disability Advisory’s Committee’s actions and calls for action.
The Disability Advisory Committee is made up of professionals and advocates. They will be working to see the DTC fairly applied to all qualifying individuals.
If you are interested in seeing the credit properly reflect the needs of Canadians and more specifically, Canadians with type 1 diabetes, I would suggest that you follow the activities of this committee. They will be looking for submissions and information from Canadians. Send in your letters and continue to help them inform Ottawa of why people with diabetes who intensively manage their diabetes qualify for this credit.
Keep the pressure on your MPs.
Make sure that your MP understands that the Liberal government’s recent actions surrounding the Disability Tax Credit are not acceptable. Let them know that we do not appreciate being lied to. Ensure that they understand what is involved in diabetes care on a daily basis. Work to educate them on how people with type 1 diabetes spend over 14 hours on life sustaining therapy.