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Disability Benefits and Tax Credits


Most individuals living with Parkinson's are eligible for disability benefits and tax credits. In Manitoba some Caregivers are also eligible for a tax credit. Completing the forms carefully and providing the required documentation is essential. Individuals are able to receive these benefits without hiring a third party agency. Below is an outline of the benefits, their general requirements and contact information for relevant details.

Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)
Medical and Disability-Related Income Tax Information
Manitoba’s Primary Caregiver Tax Credit


Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD)


CPPD provides a monthly payment for disabled workers who have made CPP contributors and their dependent children.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

Contributory:
  • must make CPP contributions in 4 of the last 6 years on a minimum level of earnings ($4,700 in 2010)
  • with 25 years of contributions, the requirements are 3 out of the last 6 years.
  • other provisions are available to assist client’s to meet the contributory requirements.
Medical:
  • must have a severe and prolonged mental or physical disability
An applicant must also be:
  • under age 65
  • If between 60 and 65, eligible for Disability and not receiving the Retirement pension
Important Points to Remember when Applying:
  • Provide detailed information on day to day functioning and limitations
  • Choose an appropriate physician to complete your medical report
  • Provide any evidence supporting disability
  • Complete contact information
  • Ensure you provide proper documentation
Additional Details and Forms:

Call Toll Free
1 800 277-9914 English
1 800 277-9915 French
1 800 255-4786 TDD/TTY
Mailing Address
PO Box 818 Station Main
Winnipeg Manitoba
R3C 2N4
Service Canada Offices
Visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca to get a list of offices and hours of service.

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Medical and Disability-Related Income Tax Information


These benefits are non-refundable Federal income tax credits. CPPD benefits arrive in the form of a monthly cheque, while these benefits result in reductions in the income tax paid.

Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
  • The disability tax credit is a non-refundable tax credit (NRTC) that reduces federal tax payable and provincial tax payable. NTRC is applied to an individual's income tax form on line 316. In 2011 this amount was $7,341.00.
  • The credit can be transferred to your spouse or common-law partner or supporting person if it is not fully used to reduce your taxes payable.
  • Eligibility is dependent on ability to perform basic activities of daily living.
Basic Activities of Daily Living

The basic activities of daily living are:
  • walking
  • speaking
  • mental functions necessary for everyday life
  • hearing
  • feeding
  • dressing
  • eliminating (bowel or bladder functions)
The basic activities of daily living do not include general activities such as working, housekeeping, social or recreational activities.

How do you claim the DTC?

There is an online questionnaire to determine eligibility at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/disability/
  • You can claim the disability tax credit by attaching a completed Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, to your income tax return, or
  • You may send the form in at any time during the year for approval, this would allow for faster processing of your tax return if the DTC form is already approved.
More Non-refundable Tax Credits:
  • Caregiver Amount (line 315) 
       Family Caregiver Tax Credit (new 2012)
       15-per-cent non-refundable tax credit on an amount of $2,000 will provide tax relief for caregivers of all types of infirm dependent relatives, including, for the first time, spouses, common-law  partners and  minor children.
  • Amount for Infirm Dependants (line 306)
  • Extensive list of eligible medical expenses (line 330)
If you require further information, you can:
  • Check out the website at: www.cra.gc.ca
  • See IT-519, Medical Expenses and DTC for more detailed information regarding medical expenses and other related deductions.
  • Phone for forms mail delivery at 1-800-959-2221
  • Call General enquiries at 1-800-959-8281
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Manitoba’s Primary Caregiver Tax Credit


Manitobans who act as the primary caregivers for family members and others may be eligible of a $1,020 tax credit. This credit recognizes the vital effort of caregivers to those needing care.

Eligibility
  • The caregiver must be providing voluntary care for longer than three months to a person who requires at least Level 2 care as assessed under the Manitoba Home Care Program guidelines or through Family Services and Housing or by a health care professional.
  • The care recipient must be living in a private home.
  • The caregiver must reapply if there is a break in providing care of longer than three years.
  • Only 1 caregiver per care recipient and a maximum of 3 care recipients per caregiver.
Required Care Level Equivalent to Home Care Level 2 Care is required in at least 3 of the 4 Categories:
  • assisting and/or supervising with routine activities such as shopping, transportation, meal preparation, laundry
  • assisting and/or supervising with personal care such as bathing, feeding, dressing, grooming/hygiene, mobility, transfers, toileting/elimination, medications
  • arranging for supports/system navigation/community access such as recreational activities, support groups, medical follow up, counseling
  • providing regular and sustained advice, decision making or emotional support
For general information:
  • Call the care recipient’s local regional health authority
  • Call At Your Service Manitoba at 1-866-626-4862
  • Visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/tao/ 
  • FSH enquiries: call 204-523-5230; toll free at 1-800-563-8793; TTY at 204-948-3698 or 1-800-855-0511 (Manitoba Relay Service), or via email at incsup@gov.mb.ca.
For information on your income tax claim contact:

The MB Tax Assistance Office at (204) 948-2115 or toll free at 1-800-782-0771 or email TAO@gov.mb.ca.
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