Cognitive Impairment

If you or any members of your family are suffering from Cognitive Impairment you may be eligible for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit (CDC).  Cognitive Impairment and its effects can have a debilitating effect on the quality of one`s life.  As such, the Canadian government has deemed that if you suffer from Cognitive Impairment and your level of disability is sufficient, you qualify for a disability tax credit.

The exact definition of a disability can be difficult to describe.  Does a senior who experiences memory loss constitute a disability? How about someone who needs assistance to walk a city block?  What about someone who has suffered the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency?  Most people assume no.
Many Canadians are unaware that the scope of disabilities that qualify for a tax credit expanded.  At first glance, many Canadian's instinctively feel that they are not eligible as they generally defer to the narrow definition of a disability described above.  That is why it is important to contact us and inquire about your specific eligibility.  Please fill out the form to your right and a representative will contact you directly to begin the process.
At DBS, we will take the time to explain to you which disabilities may qualify.  Our staff are experts when it comes to the Disability Tax Credit submission process.  If you or anyone you know is having difficulty figuring out what constitutes a disability, then you have come to the right place.  Our goal is to make the process easier for you and for family members to understand what qualifies as a disability.
Understanding exactly what constitutes a disability can be both confusing and frustrating.  Most people cannot relate to the challenges that having a disability can place on an individual.  Many daily tasks  and chores that are taken for granted by able body persons, place a huge burden on those afflicted.  These daily challenges can be a source of enormous strain and frustration on the individual with a disability.
In 2005, The Canadian government expanded the list of eligible disabilities.  Previous to this date, the standard definition used by the Canadian government stated that the individual must be "markedly restricted".   However, after review, the definition was expanded to the following:

The individual must be "markedly restricted" in at least one of the following categories: speaking, hearing, walking, elimination (bowel or bladder functions), feeding, dressing, performing the mental functions of everyday life, life-sustaining therapy to support vital function and the recently introduced cumulative effects of significant restrictions. The degree of disability must be approved by Canada Revenue Agency before it can be used.

The Canadian government defines a disability as follows:

Disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person's body and mind and features of the society in which they live.   A disability can occur at any time in a person's life; some people are born with a disability, while others develop a disability later in life.  It can be permanent, temporary or episodic.  Disability can steadily worsen, remain the same, or improve. It can be very mild to very severe. It can be the cause, as well as the result, of disease, illness, injury, or substance abuse.

At DBS our experts have a thorough knowledge of which disabilities are eligible.  Please contact us today and we will help you to determine if you qualify or not.  Ultimately, the determination of your status will be made by The Canada Revenue Agency.  DBS can help you to realize the maximum refund that you are entitled to. 


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