October 3, 2018

Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

NOTE: Tax credits change annually. Be sure to check for current information on the CRA website.

Tax season has a way of sneaking up on you. While most people find doing their taxes about as enjoyable as a root canal, in and among all that paperwork, there may be some extra dollar bills that you can claim.

Two options available to those with a disability are the Disability Tax Credit, which can give you an income tax write-off of up to $8,000 depending on the year (this amount does change year to year) and the Fuel Tax Refund which will reimburse up to $500 a year on the money you spend on fuel in BC for a vehicle you own or lease.

Disability Tax Credit

If you don’t already have this information or don’t know what it is, we can help with that as well.

The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps persons with disabilities or their supporting persons reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay.

You are eligible for the DTC only if we approve Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate:. A medical practitioner has to fill out and certify that you have a severe and prolonged impairment and must describe its effects.”

You can find more detailed information about the Disability Tax Credit here.

On this site, you’ll be able to confirm if you are eligible, print out the forms that need to be filled out, and follow step-by-step instructions about the program. We are happy to print these forms out and help you fill them out here at the centre as well! We won’t be able to complete the forms in their entirety, as your doctor will need to provide some information, but we’ll get the ball rolling for you.

Fuel Tax Refund

The BC Government describes the fuel tax refund for persons with disabilities as follows:

When you purchase fuel in B.C., you pay fuel tax. If you have a qualifying disability, the fuel tax refund program allows you to request a refund of the provincial motor fuel tax you paid in BC on fuel you used in a vehicle you own or lease.

If you qualify, you’re eligible for a fuel tax refund of up to $500 each calendar year.

Did you know you can also backdate and receive a refund for up to four years prior? If you have those gas receipts, let’s add them up!

To apply for the Fuel Tax Refund, you will need to supply:

  • Copy of your identification
  • Copy of the vehicle registration
  • Copy of a power of attorney or representative agreement (if someone applies on your behalf)
  • Documentation to confirm your disability

Once you register for the fuel tax refund program for persons with disabilities and receive your confirmation letter, you can apply for a refund. You’re eligible to get up to $500 back each calendar year for the provincial motor fuel tax you paid when fuelling your vehicle in BC. The refund amount cannot be transferred to the next calendar year.”

Tips for Filling out the Required Forms

My recommendation, when filling out these forms, is to report all your symptoms as they are on your worst day. In my experience, this is the best way to ensure you get the help you actually need. By claiming your best day symptoms, or even your symptoms on an average day, you’re undermining your needs and in the eyes of the government, claiming yourself perfectly capable and therefore not in need of this help.


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