The disability tax credit dtc was established in 1988 by the canadian government in an effort to help tax paying disabled canadians and their families offset the various costs of having a disability as well as reduce the amount of income tax a person with a disability or a family member would have to pay on an annual basis. On federal tax returns people with disabilities are entitled to a credit for the elderly or disabled this tax credit targets taxpayers over 65 as well as those who retire before age 65 on permanent or total disability. How to claim the disability tax credit by stephen fishman jd they are now so low they make it impossible for most disabled people to qualify for the disabled tax credit figuring your credit figuring out the amount of your credit is a multi step process that can get complicated this is something that a tax preparer can do for you. Senior tax credit for the elderly and disabled you may be able to take the credit for the elderly or the disabled if you are 65 years of age or older or you retired on total and permanent disability and have taxable disability income. Some disability retirement benefits qualify as earned income to claim the earned income tax credit or eitc also you may claim a relative of any age as a qualifying child if the relative is totally and permanently disabled and fits all other eitc requirements
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