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Disability Tax Refund Experts

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.


Who is eligible for the DTR?

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.

What are the basic activities of daily living?
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.

How much money will I get back?
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.

When do I pay for your services? How much do I pay if my claim is unsuccessful?
You pay for our services only after your receive your DTR cheque from the government. You pay nothing if the application is rejected by the CRA (as you can see it is in our best interests to ensure you are successful in your application). 

How come the majority of people with disabilities and their families did not use this privilege for many years?
There are several reasons. Firstly, many Canadians simply don't know that they can qualify for this program. Second, the application process can be quite complex and cumbersome, especially when claiming a refund for a number of years. This requires special expertise to maximize refund and a license to prepare the application. AMITAX will assist you in this process from the first steps of the application process until you successfully receive your money.

I already receive ODSP, can I still qualify for DTR?
Yes, the DTR is a separate program and individuals that receive ODSP can still qualify to receive this credit.

I applied for ODSP but was rejected. Does that mean I will also be rejected from DTR?
ODSP has no influence on an individual’s ability to qualify for DTR. Individuals rejected from ODSP can still qualify for DTR.

Will receiving a DTR influence my income tax or that of my supporting family member?
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. 

I don’t work or have a low income, can I still be eligible for the DTR?
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.

I am retired and receive support from my children. Can our family qualify for the DTR?
Yes, retired individuals can transfer their DTR to a family member that provides them with support.

What type of family member support qualifies for this program?
Support is defined as coverage of basic necessities of life such as food, shelter and clothing.

I live separately from my supporting family member. Would that affect my ability to receive DTR?
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.

I’ve had my disability for many years, can I receive a DTR for previous years?
You can apply for the DTR retroactively for 10 years. This means we can claim your refund back to 2004.

My disability hasn’t affected my ability to work; will I be rejected because I make “too much money”?
No, AMITAX has successfully claimed DTR for individuals of different income levels.

How severe does my illness have to be in order to qualify for the DTR?
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.