Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Degenerative Disc Disease

• Up to $40,000 in Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) retroactive tax refunds
If you or a family member is disabled with Degenerative Disc Disease, 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)
For those taking advantage of the plan, the Canadian government will provide yearly financial support in the form of matching grants up to $3,500 per year and bonds up to $1,000 per year.

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HandyTax has had success in the past helping disabled Canadians with Degenerative Disc Disease 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 Degenerative Disc Disease, you may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit under more than one category, including, but not limited to, walking, dressing, feeding and mental functions.

Introduction

Degenerative disc disease is not a disease per se but a name used to describe how the discs in the spine change and move as you grow older and age. These discs actually play quite an important role – being soft, they act as shock absorbers and allow the spine to stay flexible, twist and bend. With age your entire spine or just a few discs can be affected leading to back or neck pain or the following:

  • Osteoarthritis: breaking down of cartilage tissue that cushions the joints.
  • Herniated disc: Breaking of a spinal disc or an irregular disc leading to a bulge.
  • Spinal stenosis: Narrowing of the open space that holds the spinal cord, also called the spinal canal.

All of these above conditions pressure the spine and surrounding nerves causing mild to debilitating pain. If you have degenerative disc disease, you might qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits the Canadian government offers.

Causes

Spinal discs “degenerate” as we age and can cause the onset of degenerative disc disease in some patients. With age the discs also start to lose fluid which makes them less flexible. People who smoke or those who do laborious physical work such as heavy lifting make be more at risk of developing degenerative disc disease. Those who are obese might also be at risk. The disease might also suddenly develop due to a fall or an injury.

Symptoms

People who suffer from degenerative disc disease often experience different symptoms. In some cases there might be no pain and in others the same level of disc damage might cause crippling pain. Back or neck pain is the main symptom but it depends where the affected disc is located. For example, a disc in the neck might cause neck or arm pain and an affected disc in the lower back might lead to back, leg pain or pain in the glutes (buttock) area. Movement such as bending, twisting or anything requiring the flexibility of the spine might be quite painful depending on person to person.

Disability Tax Credits for Degenerative Disc Disease

Is degenerative disc disease seriously affecting your quality of life? You might be eligible for the Disability Tax Credit under more than one category, including, but not limited to, walking, dressing and feeding. HandyTax has helped many others like you successfully claim Canadian tax benefits. Contact us today for a free consultation!