Community Seminars: Disability Tax Credit

In our community, thousands of people with disabilities may be eligible for an important tax credit that often includes a significant tax refund. Many Burnaby-New Westminster residents could be eligible for a tax refund under the Income Tax Act.

My office wants to make sure that every eligible Burnaby-New Westminster resident knows how to access this tax refund. To that end, we are offering workshops to assist people to avail themselves of the Disability Tax Credit, which can amount to up to $1380 per year, and can be claimed retroactively for up to 10 years. While the Income Tax Act stipulates that this is a non-refundable tax credit, it is transferable to spouses and other family members if the disabled person's income is too low.

I invite you to come out to our seminars on August 26 and August 31 to find out if you’re eligible. We’ll help you fill out the forms.

Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Burnaby from 9:30AM – 11:30AM at the Bonsor Recreation Complex (Arts Room, 6650 Bonsor Avenue)

Please note: public transit accessible bus routes are: #110 and #144. Wheelchair accessible bus stops are located on Bonsor Avenue. The Bonsor Complex is located approximately 3 blocks from Metrotown SkyTrain Station. The front entrance of the Bonsor Complex is equipped with an automatic door. Washrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Thursday, August 31, 2006 in New Westminster from 6:30PM – 8:30PM at the Century House Seniors Centre (620 Eighth Street).

The Century House Seniors Centre is wheelchair accessible.

If you’d like to learn more about the Disability Tax Credit, or you would like to volunteer to help us process these claims, please contact my office at 604-775-5707. I strongly encourage you to attend these seminars.

Sincerely, Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster)

FAST FACTS

You may be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit if you meet one of the following conditions:

•WALKING: you are unable to walk normally for 100 meters (which is the length of a football field) without angina, pain, the need of a cane, wheelchair or walker

•SEEING: you have vision loss in excess of 20% •SPEAKING: you are markedly restricted in communicating

•HEARING: you are unable to hear clearly, even with hearing aids

•EATING: you require assistance in feeding

•DRESSING: you are unable to bathe or fully dress yourself without assistance

•ELIMINATING: you have poor bladder or bowel functioning

•MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS: you have problems perceiving instructions, thinking or remembering (e.g.: people suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s)

•LIFE SUSTAINING THERAPIES: you need life-sustaining therapies such as kidney dialysis or chemotherapy three or more times a week