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Disability Tax Credits

In the complex world of tax and accounting, understanding the benefits available to individuals with disabilities and their families is crucial.  The Disability Tax Credit (DTC), a non-refundable tax credit is designed to alleviate the financial burden on persons with disabilities or their supporting persons.

Understanding the Disability Tax Credit

The DTC is aimed at reducing the amount of income tax that individuals with disabilities or their caregivers have to pay. Importantly, it includes a supplement for persons under the age of 18, acknowledging the additional support that younger individuals may require.


Eligibility for the DTC hinges on a physical or mental impairment that significantly interferes with the basic activities of daily living and is expected to last for more than twelve consecutive months. Recognizing the enduring nature of many disabilities, the Canadian tax system provides this support to acknowledge the ongoing challenges faced by affected individuals and their families.

The Application Process

To apply for the DTC, Form T2201 must be completed and certified by a medical practitioner. This form serves as a certification that the individual has a severe and prolonged impairment. In a move towards modernization and accessibility, medical practitioners can now complete their portion of the form using a new digital application process for the DTC. This digital shift aims to streamline the application process, making it more accessible for all involved.

An important aspect of the DTC is the possibility of retroactive claims. Individuals may be eligible to claim the credit for up to ten previous years if the disability existed during those years. This retrospective application can provide significant financial relief for families who may not have been aware of their eligibility at the time.

Financial Implications

The value of the DTC increases annually to reflect inflation and other economic factors. Below is a table showcasing the maximum disability amounts and supplements for persons under 18 for the past ten years:


Year Maximum disability amount + Maximum supplement for persons under 18
2023 $9,428 $5,500
2022 $8,870 $5,174
2021 $8,662 $5,053
2020 $8,576 $5,003
2019 $8,416 $4,909
2018 $8,235 $4,804
2017 $8,113 $4,733
2016 $8,001 $4,667
2015 $7,899 $4,607
2014 $7,766 $4,530


Beyond the Disability Tax Credit

Qualifying for the DTC opens the door to other beneficial programs such as the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), the Working Income Tax Benefit, and the Child Disability Benefit. These programs are designed to provide further financial support and security to individuals with disabilities and their families.


At Shajani CPA Chartered Professional Accountants and Advisors, our team of dedicated professionals in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer is ready to assist you with your personal tax filings and ensure you maximize the benefits available to you and your family. Understanding and accessing the Disability Tax Credit is just one way we can help you navigate the complexities of the tax system, ensuring financial stability and peace of mind for your family and your family-owned enterprise.

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