Letter: Diabetes patients deserve tax Charge

Individuals living with Type 1 Diabetes, roughly 350,000 Canadians, are struck hard in their own pocketbooks by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Many have been able to maintain the yearly Disability Tax Credit under the heading of “life sustaining treatment” until well over one year ago when many have been denied that this credit by CRA.

Ultimately the media captured this information and during question period in Ottawa during four days, the topic was approached. Facebook bands of the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and Twitter users have shared their own absolute dismay. A lot of us have been writing to our MP’s and or had encounters with our MP. People who are denied the DTC eventually became available and are not able to apply for the Registered Disability Savings Plan, that had been introduced by the government in its 2007 budget.

Both the non-profit bureaus, Diabetes Canada and the JDRF have been outspoken and meeting with staff of the CRA lately because this news strike.

Among the comments on the site of Diabetes Canada following this meeting is as follows.

“Our petition isn’t that the CRA change the current guidelines around what activities can be counted against the 14-hour requirement,” explains Kimberley Hanson, director of federal affairs with Diabetes Canada. “Our request is that the CRA accept the certifications of doctors and nurses saying their patients are spending the requisite 14 hours on the permitted activities and give patients reasonable and equitable access to this credit.”

Nel Peach,

Living with type 1 diabetes since 1983

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