What is a Disability Tax Refund (DTR)?
A DTR is a payment from the Canada Revenue Agency used to reduce income tax payable on your income tax and benefit return. All or part of this amount may be transferred to your spouse or common-law partner, or another supporting person in your family.
Any person with a mental or physical disability that affects the individual’s ability to perform basic activities of daily living can be eligible for the DTR. Please visit our List of Disabilities page for a full list of qualified disabilities.
These include walking, feeding, dressing, using the toilet, speaking, hearing, mental function necessary for everyday life and vision.
How long does this process take?
The time varies after submission to the Canada Revenue Agency, with an average return after 2-3 months.
Every case is unique and the amount of the DTR depends on various factors including the duration of the disability and tax payable. Our clients have received sums ranging from $1,500 – $35,000, with an average amount of $1,500 per year of disability.
Yes, the DTR is a separate program and individuals that receive ODSP can still qualify to receive this credit.
ODSP has no influence on an individual’s ability to qualify for DTR. Individuals rejected from ODSP can still qualify for DTR.
Not at all! DTR will not influence taxes of the person with disabilities or that of a supporting family member. This is a common misconception and a worry of many applicants. We reassure you that this program was designed by the Canadian government to assist individuals with disabilities by returning previously payed taxes. Therefore the refund is non-taxable and is not considered as additional income.
Yes, AMITAX can assist you in receiving a substantial amount of money regardless of your income. In the case of individual with no income, we can transfer the DTR to a working supporting family member or spouse to maximize the amount received.
Yes, retired individuals can transfer their DTR to a family member that provides them with support.
Support is defined as coverage of basic necessities of life such as food, shelter and clothing.
No, the living arrangements do not affect the transfer of DTR, as long as the family member provides support to the person with disability as described above.
You can apply for the DTR retroactively for 10 years. This means we can claim your refund back to 2004.
No, AMITAX has successfully claimed DTR for individuals of different income levels.
In order to qualify for the DTR your illness must markedly restrict your ability to perform one or more of the basic activities of daily living (see question above for definition) for a prolonged time of at least 12 months. That means that at least 90% of the time you are unable to perform activities of daily living or it takes you an inordinate amount of time to perform them.