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Our review of your application

After the CRA receives your application for the DTC, we assess it to determine if you are eligible. We base our decision on the information given by the medical practitioner.

 How long it will take

The CRA aims to process your application and mail you a notice of determination within 8 weeks of receiving it. It may take longer if information is missing.

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If you send your application with your tax return, the CRA will review your application before assessing your income tax return.

If we need more information

In some cases, the CRA may send the medical practitioner a letter asking for more information, such as documents to support your application. The letter will contain a reference number and instructions on what to do.

Our decision about your application

The CRA will send you a notice of determination by mail to inform you of our decision.

If your application is approved

If your notice of determination says your application is approved, you may claim the DTC on your income tax return.

Your notice of determination will show which year(s) you are eligible for the DTC. You don't need to re-apply every year unless we ask you to submit a new application.

Being approved for the DTC also opens doors to other federal, provincial, and territorial programs, such as:

Some approved DTC applications expire after a certain number of years and you will have to re-apply. When your eligibility is about to expire, we will notify you 1 year in advance, as well as in the year it expires.

You can view your DTC information in CRA My Account.

You must inform the CRA in writing if your medical condition improves to the point that you no longer meet the criteria for the DTC.

If your application is denied

If your DTC application is denied, your notice of determination will explain why.

Check your copy of your application, Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, against the reason(s) given. We base our decision on the information given by the medical practitioner.

If you are not eligible for the DTC, other tax deductions and credits may still be available to you.

For details: Disability deductions and credits

Disagreeing with our decision

If you disagree with the CRA's decision, you still have options:

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