The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) reduces your taxes in recognition of your disability. You claim the credit when you file your taxes. The DTC is non-refundable—this means you will pay less tax but you do not get any money back.
You need the Disability Tax Credit in order to open an RDSP account.
If you were unaware of the DTC in previous years, you may be entitled to some money back! Sometimes this can be as much as $15,000. Approval can take a few months. Start now and get the ball rolling!
If you do not have it or are not sure if you can get it, you will need to apply. You (or a parent or caregiver) and a health practitioner will need to fill out Form T-2201. After both sections of the form have been filled out, you must submit the completed form to the Canadian Revenue Agency for Assessment. Following this assessment, the Canadian Revenue Agency will determine whether you are eligible to receive the Disability Tax Credit or not.
Help with the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
Have questions or need assistance with the DTC? DABC is able to assist individuals through one on one support.
Advocacy Access line: 604-872-1278
Click here for the DABC website to view more information on these services.
More information on the Disability Tax Credit and eligibility can be found here.
Disability Tax Credit Help sheet from DABC
Step-by-step instructions for filling out Form T2201
T2201 Disability Tax Credit Certificate form
Disability Tax Credit Tool – This app is a self-help tool designed to give your healthcare provider the information they need to fill out the DTC Certificate application form.
RC 4065 Medical Expenses, information about medical expenses you can claim
RC 4064 Disability-Related Information, tax measures for persons with disabilities:
Disability Tax Fairness, Report of the technical advisory committee on tax measures for persons with disability
DTC Guides for Medical Practitioners
A Guide to Understanding and Claiming the Disability Tax Credit (Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, 2011 https://www.ofcp.ca/pdf/DTC-Article-from-OFCP-Mar-2011.pdf
Disability Tax Credit: A Do-It-Yourself Guide (Ontario Community Advocacy and Legal Centre) http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/resource/disability-tax-credit-do-it-yourself-guide
DTC Guides for Healthcare Practitioners
One of our goals at Access RDSP is to provide physicians and other health care practitioners with the resources needed to simplify the process of filling out the DTC application form to qualify their patients or clients for the DTC.
Click here for step-by-step guides to filling out the DTC form.