Hearing eligibility - Disability tax credit (DTC)
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For some people, hearing can be a challenge even with the help of appropriate devices, therapy, and medication. If you have severe or profound hearing loss, the DTC may offset some of the costs related to the impairment by reducing the amount of income tax you may have to pay.
Eligibility for the DTC is based on the effects of an impairment, not a diagnosis or the presence of a medical condition.
Example of someone who may be eligible
Kevin lost his hearing
Kevin is an accountant.
When he was a child, Kevin lost his hearing due to a head injury. Although Kevin has hearing aids, he continues to have difficulty hearing.
Kevin applied for the DTC. As a result of the information provided by the medical practitioner on the application form, he is now eligible for the tax credit because of the severity of his hearing loss.
Eligibility criteria checklist
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If you’re not sure you qualify
You may still apply even if you're not sure. We base your eligibility on the information given by your medical practitioner.
If you have impairments in 2 categories
You may be eligible for the DTC under the cumulative effect of significant limitations. This combines the effects of 2 limitations to be equivalent to a marked restriction in 1 category (does not include life-sustaining therapy).
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