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People with diabetes losing disability tax credit

People with diabetes losing disability tax credit

People with diabetes losing disability tax credit because of ‘advances in technology’

Source: CTV News

According to a letter obtained by CTV News, “advances in technology” is the reason that most adults with diabetes now don’t qualify for a disability credit that can reduce their tax bills by as much as $1,500 a year.

In the July 31, 2017 letter, Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier explained that in order to receive a disability tax credit under the Income Tax Act, one must “require life-sustaining therapy (LST) at least three times each week for a total period averaging at least 14 hours a week to sustain a vital function.”

“In the case of portable devices like insulin pumps, the time that the device takes to deliver the therapy does not count toward the 14-hour requirement,” Lebouthillier added in the letter. “Activities like following a dietary restriction, exercising, traveling to receive therapy, going to medical appointments, shopping for medication, or recuperating after therapy do not count towards the 14-hour requirement.”

Read the full article and referenced letter here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/people-with-diabetes-losing-disability-tax-credit-because-of-advances-in-technology-minister-1.3645742

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