This is a follow-up on an earlier post that informed you that CADDAC and CADDRA sent a joint letter to
Senator Munson and
Minister Lebouthillier in early February of this year, stating that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) appears
to be restricting access to the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) for those impaired
by Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and other neurodevelopmental
disorders (e.g. Autism).
In this letter CADDRA and CADDAC recommend that:
1.That the Disability Tax Credit be more easily accessible to
significantly impaired individuals with ADHD and their families to assist in
the immediate provision of evidence-based support and care, as well as the
long-term support provided by the Registered Disability Savings Program (RDSP).
2. That the government recognizes and accepts the expertise of
qualified health care practitioners who complete the Disability Tax Credit application for their patients.
3. That the Minister of Finance revises
the Disability Tax Credit eligibility criteria so that impairments in problem
solving, goal setting and judgment need not be present together to establish
Disability Tax Credit eligibility and that a greater recognition of
executive function deficits be acknowledged.
4. That a
CADDRA representative be invited to sit on the Disability Advisory Committee.
Since that time CADDAC and
CADDRA received responses from the Minister of National Revenue and
a response from the Minister of Finance, Minister of National Revenue to
the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and
Technology acknowledging receipt of the letter and requesting recommendation be
sent to the Disability Advisory Committee.
The full report from the Disability
Advisory Committee has recently been released.
Access a summary of information pulled from the report that would be of
interest to individuals and families affected by ADHD and professionals working
in the field HERE