Disability Tax Credit (DTC) 

In Canada, individuals living with disabilities often face unique financial challenges. To alleviate some of these burdens, the Canadian government offers support through programs like the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). 

The DTC is a non-refundable tax credit that provides financial relief to individuals with disabilities or their supporting family member. However, the eligibility criteria and documentation requirements can be complex. 

In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the DTC, including eligibility criteria, required documentation, and how KATA Accounting Solutions can assist you in maximizing your tax benefits.

Understanding the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

The Disability Tax Credit is designed to help offset some of the additional costs associated with living with a disability. It’s intended to provide financial support for those who face significant impairments in their daily lives.

The DTC can be claimed by individuals who have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, which restricts their ability to perform basic activities of daily living, or requires significant time and effort for life-sustaining therapy.

Eligibility Criteria

In Canada, eligibility for the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is based on the individual’s impairment and its impact on their ability to perform basic activities of daily living. Here are the key eligibility criteria:

Severe and Prolonged Impairment 

The individual must have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions. This means the impairment must significantly affect their ability to perform one or more basic activities of daily living, even with therapy, medication, or medical aids.

Marked Restriction 

The impairment must markedly restrict the individual’s ability to perform one or more of the basic activities of daily living. Markedly restricted means that the individual requires an inordinate amount of time to perform the activity compared to someone without the impairment. 

This link, Marked Restrictions , lets you know if your situation may qualify for the DTC as a marked restriction or a life-sustaining therapy.


The impairment must be expected to last, or has already lasted, for a continuous period of at least 12 months. This duration requirement helps ensure that the DTC is targeted towards individuals with long-term disabilities.

Certification by Medical Practitioner

 A qualified medical practitioner must certify the nature and effects of the impairment by completing Form T2201, “Disability Tax Credit Certificate.” This form provides details about the individual’s medical condition and how it impacts their daily life.

Residency in Canada

The individual must be a resident of Canada for tax purposes.

It’s important to note that eligibility for the Disability Tax Credit is based on the individual’s impairment and its impact on their daily life, rather than the specific diagnosis or medical condition. Additionally, the CRA evaluates each application on a case-by-case basis.

If you believe you or someone you know may be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified medical practitioner and review the eligibility criteria outlined by the CRA.

Documentation Required

When applying for the Disability Tax Credit, documentation plays a crucial role in demonstrating eligibility. Here are some key documents you may need to provide:

Form T2201 Disability Tax Credit Certificate

This is the Disability Tax Credit Certificate, which must be completed by a qualified medical practitioner. It outlines the nature and severity of the disability and its impact on daily living activities.

Supporting Medical Records

Along with Form T2201, medical records, reports, and test results may be required to support the diagnosis and provide additional evidence of impairment.

Activities of Daily Living Form

This form helps to assess the impact of the disability on basic activities of daily living. It may require input from both the applicant and their medical practitioner.

Consent Form

A consent form authorizing the CRA to obtain additional medical information from healthcare providers may be necessary.

After the Application

When applying for the Canada Revenue Agency’s Disability Tax Credit (DTC), your application undergoes a review process starting with an acknowledgment of receipt from the CRA. The agency then evaluates your eligibility based on the impairment criteria outlined in your submitted Form T2201. You might be asked for additional information to support your application. Upon completion of the review, the CRA will notify you of their decision. If approved, you can claim the credit for specified years and potentially adjust previous tax returns to include the DTC, possibly resulting in refunds. Denied applicants have the right to object within 90 days. Approval durations are set for specific periods, with reapplication or extension requests necessary as they expire. Prompt and complete application submissions are crucial to avoid delays in this process.

How KATA Accounting Solutions Can Help

The complexities of the Disability Tax Credit process can be overwhelming, especially for individuals already dealing with the challenges of living with a disability. That’s where KATA Accounting Solutions comes in. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in tax matters, including maximizing benefits like the DTC.

At KATA Accounting Solutions, we understand the intricacies of the DTC application process. We can assist you in gathering the necessary documentation, completing the required forms accurately, and ensuring that your application presents a strong case for eligibility. Our personalized approach ensures that your unique circumstances are taken into account, maximizing your chances of success.

Beyond the Disability Tax Credit, KATA Accounting Solutions offers comprehensive tax planning and preparation services tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re an individual with disabilities seeking financial relief or a caregiver supporting a loved one, we’re here to provide expert guidance and support every step of the way.

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