Disability Tax Credits and Benefits: COPD

• Up to $40,000 in Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) retroactive tax refunds.

If you or a family member is disabled with COPD, you may be eligible for retroactive refunds from your past 10 years of paid taxes – up to $40,000.

• Up to $90,000 when setting up a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

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Contact us for a free consultation – with no obligation. HandyTax works on your behalf to get you (or a family member) a tax refund of up to $40,000 from looking at old tax returns. There is no cost to you unless you get a refund. If we are successful, our fee is 25% of the refund.

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HandyTax has had success in the past helping disabled Canadians with COPD get retroactive disability tax credit refunds from the Canada Revenue Agency. Tax refunds depend on your personal situation and actual refunds can range anywhere below, $40,000. The entire process takes between 3 and 9 months to complete as communication between the CRA and your qualified practitioner are the source of the varying time periods to completion. If you suffer from COPD, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit.


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, known as COPD, can be a debilitating condition to those who suffer it. COPD consists of two elements: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It has many common causes rooted in genetics, environment and personal behavioural habits. If you have COPD, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits in Canada.


There are four main causes that can be responsible for the onset of COPD:

  1. Smoking and second-hand smoke from cigarettes
  2. Air Pollution
  3. Occupational Pollutants
  4. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency

Let’s take a closer look at all the causes. First, smokers have a higher chance of developing COPD but not all smokers will develop it. Effects of second-hand smoke are not that well-known but studies suggest it can cause asthma and respiratory infections especially among children exposed to passive smoke. Those with lung disease are adversely affected by air pollution and are more likely to develop COPD.

If you are a construction worker, coal miner or work in the metal or cotton industry you increase your risk of developing COPD by being exposed to occupational pollutants like silica and cadmium. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a rare genetic disorder, is another well-known cause of COPD. The condition causes problems in the airways preventing the normal functioning of the lungs.


COPD vs Unhealthy Lung

A healthy lung vs one that has been affected by COPD.

Chronic smokers who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day for over 20 years can develop shortness of breath, constant respiratory infections and a chronic cough. With patients affected by emphysema, the most noticeable symptom of COPD is usually shortness of breath. The major symptoms of patients with chronic bronchitis are chronic cough and production of sputum. These patients are also predisposed to having occasional chest infections and wheezing. In advanced cases of COPD, patients might develop cyanosis – a condition where the lips and nail beds turn blue due to less oxygen in the blood.

Disability Tax Credits for COPD

As you can see, COPD can be a debilitating condition with many causes. If you suffer from COPD, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under more than one category, including, but not limited to, walking, dressing, feeding and mental functions. Contact HandyTax to discuss your unique case. You have nothing to lose!