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VeganOstomy
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Let's discuss the Canadian Disability Tax credit. Please share any tips, experiences, or issues you've had when applying.

My full article about this topic can be found by clicking on the link below.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@Jimmie Davis)
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Does anyone know if a similar tax credit is available in the USA?


   
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(@VeganOstomy)
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I'm not sure if there's an equivalent, but the IRS does list some options for people with disabilities: https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-benefits-for-disabled-taxpayers

Keep in mind that the Canadian tax credit is not the same as "going on disability". Sometimes people confuse the two, and you can still work while receiving the Disability Tax Credit in Canada.


   
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(@Virginia Clark)
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Thanks for the tips....sending my application in today. Fingers Crossed!


   
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(@VeganOstomy)
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Good luck! If you've signed up to the CRA website, you'll be able to know about the status of your application before they send one out by mail.


   
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(@Virginia Clark)
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I have..... I will keep you posted. My Dr. knew the forms well and has said he has had other patients who have been approved.


   
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(@Virginia Clark)
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I've been approved! It took 3 months...but it's done :)


   
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VeganOstomy
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Yay!!!!! Congrats!!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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(@Virginia Clark)
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Thanks!!! Now we will see how it long it takes for the CRA to reassess my tax returns.


   
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VeganOstomy
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I don't remember how long it took, but it's the "off season" right now, so maybe they can speed it up :)

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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I got approved for it. Took me about 2 1/2 months to get a reply. I use a 2 piece system with closed end pouch. I've got my colostomy when I was 25 yrs old and am 47 but just found out that I could apply in the spring. I don't shout I have a ostomy so it was my partner who told me. So some parts I've read on-line they talk about changing the pouch every 4 day's and then go on to say 5-7 movements a day. I assume that's a 1 system appliance
To make sure I mentioned that either the pouch could be cleaned and if so took time to wash it out and that alone can take 20 minutes up to 5 times a day.
I also add prep time if going on holiday's the time it took to make sure you had the correct amount of supplies to take with you. Not running out to buy them but like clothing make sure you have enough. Also we all go out for a nice night once in a while. So preparing for that incase something you eat decides to run threw your system quickly. Every place has toilet paper but no one carries pouches. For skin issues I change my flange every four day's. That takes 40 minutes as I need to clean the skin and i do it in the shower. Not that you need to know.
When my doctor needed to sign the form I had a sticky note showing him where. I also printed out the example from the CRA so he new. The letter I wrote up he signed and dated. Due to my cancer I have to have colonoscopy done every three years. He included my first copy from that doctor. It cost me $65 dollars but when approved they tell you that You can claim that. I hope more people go and give it a try. Like I said it took 2 1/2 months i almost gave up but i'm happy now and they will go back 10 years as well since I've had my 23 years now.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Very nice, Scott! And 10 years of back pay is icing on the cake!

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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(@Colleen)
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I was approved since 2011 and they went back to 2003.That was nice. This year I was refused as I had to reapply. I don't get it .No Change for me.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hey Colleen,

Sounds like your approval had an end date. Mine does not.

Did they give any reason why it was not approved this time around?

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
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(@scottstanley52)
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That’s crazy!!! I think they wrote on mine it’s been permanent since 1995. Hope it’s not the same long process for you. Cheers


   
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(@Wanda)
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I have found that they the government have almost merged the two CPPD and the DTC with the same qualifying criteria. DTC use to be much easier to get based more on the fact that yes, you indeed have been diagnosed with such and such. With the CPPD, you did not just qualify because you have a long term disability but had to indicated "why" you were unable to work. (What health issues prevent you from working.) Although having a new ileostomy as part of my health issues, it does not prevent me from working but most definitely affects my living 100% of the time. What I also don't understand is this business of needing to renew your DTC when you clearly have permanent disabilities. I have an autoimmune disease that affects many parts of my body... and not all the same parts on any given day. Today, I may have a great deal of difficulty putting on my clothes, tomorrow, I may not be able to use my hands as they hurt so bad, and the next day, I may not be able to move due to dizziness and nausea. Go figure. Being that I have an ongoing disease that is most likely never going to improve, why would I ever need to get pre-approved. Oh please, let the miracles happen. I would be so very grateful to have my health back again if given the choice.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hi Wanda,

I hope that for everyone's sake, they keep the two separate! DTC isn't about not being able to work (many of us still can and do), but about our daily quality of life and the things we still have to go through because of chronic illness or otherwise.

And having the reaffirm my permanent disability is insulting. I get letters for my ostomy grant payments every once in a while for me to confirm that I still have a permanent ostomy - I mean, what do they think permanent means?

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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Hey Eric, how much detail did you put into your log? I am in the beginning stages of applying. Thanks in advance.


   
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VeganOstomy
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Hey UCtoOstomy,

I basically did a spreadsheet with the date on each row (two weeks' worth) and in the columns, I entered a time when I emptied my appliance. I then made dure to average how many times I emptied my applies for each date, then a total average for the two weeks.

I provided that to my doctor, although I'm sure just a total number of times would have sufficed. I found it easier to keep track of things using a spreadsheet.

Just your friendly neighborhood ostomate.
~ Crohn's Disease ¦ Ileostomy ~


   
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(@Carl kindred)
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I’ve just been approved
Out of curiosity how much could I expect back. It’s backdated to 2014


   
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