Feb 18 2013

Canadian Disability Tax Credit for Kids with FASD or FAS

Do you have a child with FASD, ADHD, Autism?

Did you know you can qualify for the Disability Tax Credit in Canada?

Does it look too hard to apply? Don’t panic. I thought the same which is why I decided to post this information on my blog.

My son is 11 and has FASD and ADHD. I mentioned the tax credit forms to his pediatrician on our last visit. He went and printed them off and signed them right away.

What do you need?

Print off the T2201 Disability Tax Credit forms for your doctor to complete.

If the child has FASD or autism, make sure the doctor checks Yes to the questions on page 6 and notes that the restrictions were since birth. This will enable you to have your tax returns re-assessed. Ours were assesed back 10 years which I think is as far as Revenue Canada allows.

Some of the answers might be different depending on your child’s level of impairment but our pediatrician filled in page as follows:

Diagnosis: FASD

Effects of Impairment: Needs constant supervision, unable to be without supervision or will wander off, needs significant academic supports in school.

He then checked the box that the impairment would NOT improve and signed it.

That was all he did. I actually felt he hadn’t written enough and expected the forms to be returned and we would be denied.

It “may” have been due to the long letter I attached to form T2201 before I mailed it to Revenue Canada. On page 1 the form asks you (parent applying for the credit) to “give details of the support you provide to the person with the disability. I wrote “Please see attached sheet” and wrote a long letter. In this letter I outlined every single thing I do for my son that I would not be doing if he wasn’t FASD. This included constantly reminding him to get dressed in the morning, to brush his teeth, to eat his food, to get his coat on. It included being driven to and from school as he often stops en route and gets distracted. Having to buy clothes that don’t bother his skin as he has a sensory disorder. Paying for tuition in the summer. Spending hours helping with homework that other kids he age could probably do alone. I went into details about helping with homework such as my son not being able to get his ideas on paper fast enough…by the time he has one idea written, he has forgotten the next therefore I have to scribe for him. He gets stressed really easily and then gets upset and angry and has melt-downs – that was included.  I mentioned having to take him to Occupational Therapy appointments, Pediatric appointments, counselling etc. and that I spend more time in contact with his school due to his disability. He is easily led by his peers so I included that he needs supervision when playing with friends or they might lead him astray. I also included the meds that he was taking. Go into as much detail as you can. Think of everything and write it down. Attach the letter to your form.

Make sure you take a copy of the forms for your records.

Mail it off and fingers crossed, you will you are also approved. I really didn’t expect to be.

Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

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