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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) consultations on the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restriction Act

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is committed to consulting with Canadians on The Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act, and to seek feedback on how to simplify the disability tax credit application process and clarify the steps Canadians need to take to apply for the credit.

Message from the Minister

The Government of Canada is working toward building a stronger society that fully includes Canadians with disabilities. One of its primary goals is to work with the disabled community to make sure that persons with disabilities and the family members who support them are well-served by government programs.

People with disabilities have particular needs and challenges. The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that provides tax relief to eligible individuals and, in certain cases, to supporting family members to help them cope with these challenges.

While most people with disabilities are able to complete their DTC eligibility application by themselves, or with the help of a friend or a family member, some may seek the assistance of a third party. The new Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act supports people with disabilities by protecting them from excessive fees that promoters might charge for their services. In this way, the Act will contribute to a fair marketplace.

To that end, the Government of Canada is seeking your input on the maximum fee to be allowed under the regulations and whether some promoters can or should be exempt from the reporting requirements. We are also looking for feedback on how the CRA can simplify the DTC application process and clarify the steps Canadians need to take to apply for the credit.

We are committed to working with and supporting persons with disabilities, and I encourage you to share your views with us. I look forward to receiving your feedback on this important program and legislation.


Consultation document

You can view this document in:

    PDF
    HTML (go to Disability Tax Credit Public Consultations)

For people with visual impairments, the following alternate formats are also available:

    E-text
    Large print

Braille and MP3 formats are also available by request. For more information, call 1-800-959-8281 and ask for the online DTC consultation document.

How can I participate?

Participation is voluntary. All information collected, used, or disclosed will be used for research purposes only and administered according to the requirements of the Privacy Act. The full name of participants will not be provided to the government or any third party.

There are four ways to participate:

    In person
    Online
    By email
    By mail

In person

In the coming weeks, the CRA will be conducting in-person consultations in four cities across the country:

English sessions:

Vancouver, British Columbia – November 25, 2014
Toronto, Ontario – November 27, 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia – December 2, 2014

French session:

Montréal, Quebec – December 4, 2014

Details for the in-person consultations are being confirmed. Please check back often for updates. There are two in-person consultation sessions per city and space is limited. If you are interested in participating, go to Request to participate in the disability tax credit in-person public consultations, or call 1-800-959-8281.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/dtc/nprsnrg-eng.html

Note

This is not an information session but a consultation where we will be asking you to provide your comments and ideas.

An audio tape of the group session will be produced for research purposes. The tapes will only be used to assist in preparing a report on the research findings and will be properly destroyed once the report is completed.

Online

The CRA is conducting online consultations now until Monday December 15, 2014. If you are interested in participating in the online consultations and making your voice heard, go to Disability Tax Credit Public Consultations.

By email

You can email your comments to the CRA.

DTCPRACONSG@cra-arc.gc.ca

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/dtc/cnslttn-eng.html




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