Have you ever applied for the Disability Tax Credit?

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Created On: 04/22/2012 05:13 PM

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 10/30/2014 04:35 AM

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Many people wonder why rich people avoid paying higher taxes. Well, that's the problem of being wealthy obviously because they are required to pay higher taxes. However, there are tax loopholes out there. Are you taking advantage? Here are the leading ways the rich avoid taxes, to get you started.

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 09/02/2013 06:41 AM

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Whether or not you agree that the rich individuals in the United States should pay more taxes, the truth is that the Internal Revenue Service has allowed a number of tax code loopholes. Through these loopholes, the resourceful can save money by exercising tax exemptions. Because tax rate really declines when annual income exceeds $1.5 million, there's definitely something at work. It's how the rich avoid taxes. Shouldn't you get a piece of the tax break action? You can pay for your taxes this year with an installment loan.


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 07/08/2013 02:56 PM

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FatCatAnna

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Okay Mydiabeticjourney - 2nd form received from the Federal Government of Canada for application of Disability Tax Credit Program. Picked it up from endo this morning ( had to wait 1 hour after looking over it to discover he'd left a few blank areas - but all is good). I hadn't had a chance to send in the original forms I'd received last July 2012 due to all the stuff happening in my family (deaths). So, filed my income tax and the forms together in April and then got call from endo that they had a form for me to pick up from Canada Revenue Agency. I'm hoping the tax credit goes back a few years - at least to when I first started pumping in 2008. This way, paying a bit less in federal taxes will help in saving up for a new pump when George Michael dies (no warranty since April 2012). Again, Barb Wagstaff from Diabetes Advocacy - YOU ROCK!!! Any help we diabetics can get with staying out of the ER etc. with financial help to make us have the best in medical devices, etc. - it doesn't hurt to try and apply for this tax credit as I've written earlier in this forum post! If you're wondering what the heck I'm talking about - and don't have time to go thru' the threads here - - go check out Diabetes Advocacy.


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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 12/03/2012 05:11 PM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Hi Anna. I hope you are well. I applied for the grant and it finally got approved. My recommendation would be to get your doctor to put in as many specifics as possible on the form. The good news is that I was approved for 2011 (when I was diagnosed) to 2017, so I won't have to apply each year. I am going to write a post about it on my blog www.mydiabeticjourney.com. OK, I hope things are a little less stressful for you at this point.
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 11/20/2012 10:30 AM

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FatCatAnna

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Hi MDJ-yes I check back here on a regular basis (I post more blogs then in the forums - as it's pretty quiet here - even when I post a forum subject - but I keep on trying).

I have to admit - due to death in family in July - and now another death - I haven't had a chance to apply for the disability - just trying to cope with everything has been to say the least stressful (and of course, if you read my blog back in July - A1C had gone up from 6% to 7.2% - yikes - at the time that was only due to peri-menopause - ehgads what it will be now).

I have all the forms filled out by my endo as of mid-July (and he didn't charge for them - I was expecting his usual $50 - like he does for my drivers license every 2 years) - but have to take the time to set up an a/c and then proceed from here.

Yes, please keep me
posted on how it is going. Any tips hopefully will help myself and others here in Canada who are wanting to apply go abit easier. Anything to help me in being able to afford to stay on my pump by lowering my taxes (and we Canadians pay more due to all the social programs we have still available - and Quebec tacks on their's since we're a very socialist (similar to France's medical system) compared to other Canadian provinces) - is always a big relief when you're dealing with a lifetime disease like ours.



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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!
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 11/20/2012 03:38 AM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Hi Anna. Hopefully you still check out this forum. I have done the application and they have finally looked at it after 4 or 5 months. They have some more questions for my Dr. and I am going to go see her tomorrow. Hopefully that will clear it up. I will let you know the outcome. How has your application been going?
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 05/04/2012 03:12 AM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Hi Anna,

There is not supposed to be an age limit for the pump program. We will see. There are going to be a lot of changes in Alberta over the next few months. I actually only use my levemir once a day. Right now I take 40 units at 10:00 pm. every night. It doesn't seem to wear off early on me. I guess I am lucky. If that changes I would have no problem switching to two times a day.

There is no way I would aim to have an average of 4.5 - 5.5. I just wouldn't be comfortable with that. Sometimes I start feeling hypo at 4.5. Since my diagnosis this summer I have brought my A1C down from 15 to 6.5. so it has been a big adjustment. If I can keep it at 6.5 and continue to lead and improve the lifestyle I am leading now I will be a happy guy. I am a little OCD and the last thing I need to worry about is keeping my BG between 4.5 and 5.5, I would over do it and end up in the hospital. Right now my targets are 4-8 before meals and 5-9 after meals. It seems reasonable/safe and attainable enough to me.

Hope you are well. All the best.
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 05/03/2012 05:00 PM

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FatCatAnna

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Okay MDJ! Yes - I use a pump (Animas 2020). If you check some of my blogs here at Diabetes1.org (and feel free to post some of your own!) - I tell various tales about my past 4 years of being on a pump (first there was Antonio, then Salvador, now Michael - my pumps have all had male names - DH isn't jealous of that yet). You'll have to go back to 2008 I think for that. Prior to that I was using NovoRapid and Lantus (believe it or not allergic to Levemir - here's the link for that blog). I can manage my diabetes well either way - actually got a few die hard insulin pumpers upset in other forums - due to my takinga 6-month break from the pump to prove to myself that I could get same results on MDI as with the pump. Even my endo was amazed at that - but I have to admit - pumping does makes adjustments easier (e.g. basal settings can be tweaked so easily - I have 12 basal settings if I want to use them). That ability to be more hands on with your basal rate - means for myself - when I'm active ability to slow down how much insulin I'm taking - and not go low. Before with MDI - I had more episodes with hypos.

How often do you take your Levemir? I've heard of a few diabetics that take it 3 x a day - but they are T1's that want to keep their BG (blood glucose) at a constant 4.5 / 80 and not go over 5.5 / 100. That's way too much work for me personally (I'm lazy).


Yeah - at a JDRF Symposium a few weeks ago - heard the great news about pump program in Alberta! Is that for ALL age groups? Here in Quebec it's only for under 18 - but hoping one day they include all age groups - like they do in Ontario.


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!

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 05/02/2012 02:04 PM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Do you use a pump? I am doing pretty good with just humalof and levemir but we just had an election in Alberta and the provincial government promised to pay the difference of the price of the pump from whatever your insurance company pays. I also understand they are going to start paying for testing strips. If they follow up on this it will be a great win for diabetics.
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 05/02/2012 02:00 PM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Hi Anna. Call me whatever you want. lol.

I am a little nervous about approaching my primary Dr. just because I have had her fill out so many forms for me already for different insurance claims etc. I was actually just diagnosed this past summer as a type 1 even though I am 30. It seems like everytime I go to the Dr. they find something new wrong with me. So, unfortunately right now I am on disability from my job.

I will keep you up to date as to my progress. I will also add you to twitter. I go by Type1journey on twitter. Keep in touch! Just added you to twitter. Have a great day.
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 05/01/2012 11:53 AM

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FatCatAnna

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Alright Journey Man (only name I can think of to call you at this moment ). I guess I had misunderstood your previous postings - I "thought" you had applied for the tax credit - but just now reread your words (I'm bad at speed reading - and not taking it all in - bad, bad, bad). Like you say - let's see what our health team says when we approach them (I am abit nervous about this - are you?). And yes, I am on Twitter - just look for FatCatAnna. What name do you go by on Twitter?

Again, have heard back from many other Canadians - on pumps - that take advantage of this tax credit. Wish I'd known about it earlier - don't you?

So, good luck on our mission that we are about to take!


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!

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 04/30/2012 04:24 PM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Hi Anna. I have decided that I am going to go over this with my GP as well. I know you spoke about your friend and them getting the tax credit automatically. That is because the courts have ruled that it definitely takes a parent of a child with T1D more than 14 hours a week to do their therapy. It is frustrating that they don't recognize the amount of effort it takes an adult with T1D to look after themselves properly as well. 14 hrs is basically a given if you are doing everything you are supposed to. The strategy I am going to take with my GP is to fill the form out entirely before I go see her and then also have some sort of a diary showing that it does take me more than 14 hrs per week to look after myself. Eg. 5 injections a day at 5 minutes each is 25 mins per day. Analysing glucose results 10 mins per day = 50 minutes per week. Correcting lows = 5 mins per day = 25 mins per week, etc. That way she can see I am serious about getting the credit.

The strange thing is that the government used to give you the credit automatically if you had a pump because it was giving the "Life sustaining therapy" 24 hours a day. They have since rescinded that. That is why I think it is important to get the word out to T1D's in Canada to go after this credit so hopefully we can get a positive court ruling. Let me know how it goes and I will let you know how mine goes. Are you on twitter?

www.mydiabeticjourney.com
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 04/28/2012 05:35 PM

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FatCatAnna

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Hey many thanks MyDiabeticJourney (here is the correct link for their blog - incase you're interested in checking it out).

I've been getting many similar responses on my FB page (The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes) as well as personal messages. Alot from BC of all places. It's helping make me decide to go further ahead with seeking my endo or GP to fill out these forms. My endo was against my going onto a pump back in 2004 and I went against him without his permission (in the end he had to sign the forms from pump manufacturer - I wanted to pump that badly). So, with his attitude back then not sure his reaction to my request for this - I'm willing to pay him whatever he requires for the paper work, etc.

What's even funnier since posting this discussion in the forums here, is that our god daughter, whose son has had T1D since he was 6 (like myself) - has been receiving disability monies since he was diagnosed. She says it helps out quite abit! It's almost like I must have been living thru' a rock all these years - to not know about this. Sadly, because I live in the province of Quebec - I've really been out of the loop for the past 20 odd years living here. You would think tho' my endo would have said something to me - but again - he's here in this province so maybe isn't aware of it as well. He will be after I see him - that's for sure!!! Maybe he has patients that are T1D that need some financial assistance as well to deal with their diabetes!

For those of you in the USA - there doesn't seem to be any disability tax credit in your country. I've searched and I've searched - with every possible key word I could think of. Nadda!! Though one T1D said that you can get your gas paid for when you go to appointments, etc. With the tax credit here in Canada - that's not applicable - as you can see from some by MyDiabeticJourney below.

In the UK - there is a tax credit available. I have heard from a few D-mates there - telliing me this - so that is good. Every bit of money that we can get back - to help maintain a better way of life - is all good in my books!


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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!

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 04/23/2012 05:49 PM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Also, please let us know how your application goes. Thanks
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 04/23/2012 05:38 PM

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mydiabeticjourney

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Hi Anna. I was considering applying for it this year as I was just diagnosed as a T1, (see my blog www.mydiabeticjourney.com if you wish.) The CRA automatically give it to parents of children who have diabetes but are more reluctant to give it to adult diabetics for some reason.

I work at one of the major 5 banks and had a chance to speak to our tax expert for the entire bank one on one. This was right after I got diagnosed and he said it was a gray area. Some people get it, some people do not. He said it is tied up in the courts lots of the time. The issue is that you have to prove 14 hours a week of life sustaining treatment/therapy. This doesn't count carb counting, going to the dr, exercising/ going to the pharmacist etc. Basically just glucose control/monitoring/analysing and the injections. He did say if it was denied it is worth appealing. Let us know how it goes. I did find these links...

http://www.diabetesadvocacy.com/DTC.htm

I think it is important that as many Canadian diabetics apply for this as possible. It seems when it comes to taxes in Canada they set up a benefit but then the CRA denies it. Then it ends up in tax court where the real decision gets made. The more people who attempt to get the credit then the more likely there is for a precedent to be set in the courts.


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 04/22/2012 05:13 PM

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FatCatAnna

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Curious to know if anyone has ever filed for a Disability Tax Credit for their Canadian federal income tax submission (have yet to look into my provincial - that's next)? I just discovered by a fluke this year that having diabetes could be considered a disability. I know that some folks will be appauled to admit that being a diabetic is considered a disability - but for myself - if I can get back any monies from what I fork out yearly out of my pocket for keeping myself healthy and out of our crowded ER system (last time for myself was DKA as a teenager) - then why the heck not give it a try?

I've got the form all printed up (T2201) and am going to give my endo's office a call this week to see if they would be willing to fill the form out (yes - it will cost me monies to have it filled out - but in the end - it's worth it I feel). Check over the pdf form - go to page 7 of the form - Life Sustaining Therapy - and let me know what you think.

If you don't live in Canada - have you filed for a similar tax break in your country?






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Anna from Montreal, Canada
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Type 1 since 1967
Now using a nifty CGMS along with an insulin pump!!!
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