Posted on October 4th, 2023 in Domestic Tax

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The DTC is a non-refundable tax credit that provides tax relief for individuals (or those that support those individuals) who have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. To access the DTC, eligible individuals must apply for it by completing Form T2201, Disability Tax Certificate. Recently, CRA updated their services so that this application can be completed and submitted entirely electronically.

The patient can complete the non-medical portion (Part A) of Form T2201 online in CRA’s My Account with data prepopulated from CRA’s files. Doing so will generate a reference number that can be provided to the medical practitioner for entry when they complete the medical certification (Part B) within the existing digital application. The information is automatically submitted to CRA on completion of the medical certification (Part B), provided the medical practitioner has entered the reference number.

The reference number will remain on My Account until the medical certification (Part B) is completed. Representatives cannot currently complete the non-medical portion (Part A) through their Represent a Client account.

To use this new option, the patient (person applying for the DTC) must register for CRA’s My Account.

Alternatively, the non-medical portion (Part A) can be completed over the phone, either by calling the personal tax general enquiries line (1.800.959.8281) or through a new automated voice system (1.800.463.4421). The automated voice system indicates that it is intended to be used only by the disabled individual.

ACTION ITEM: To speed up and simplify the process for applying for the disability tax credit, consider using the electronic method.

Article originally published in: Tax Tips & Traps 2023 Third Quarter – Issue 143.

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