Since it seems there are a few people looking to fill out their T2201 DTC forms on another thread, I thought I would start a new thread in the event that perhaps I can help anyone that is new to this process with filling them out.
First, you need to go online and download the tax forms. In my case, I filled them out myself and then took them to my Dr to sign. I have other friends that did the same, and some that had the Dr complete them. I did find it nice that they could be typed out in Adobe Reader and then printed so that in the even that you Dr has bad handwriting (as mine does), it is legible for the CRA people to read.
The portion that applies is only the Life Sustaining Therapy portion, unless you are claiming for another disability other than diabetes. There are 3 pages in the package that apply, in addition to your information on the front page.
The first question is do you meet the conditions for life sustaining therapy. If you are on insulin, you would answer YES.
The next question you would want to input the year you started taking insulin which would be the year of your diagnosis.
Then it asks for a description. Here you want to say something like "Insulin pump/Multiple Daily Insulin Injections to control diabetes, thereby sustaining life"
The next page, you would want to check all the YES boxes, and then check all the boxes under where it asks which daily living things apply, as you see fit. You would fill in the year that you began this therapy. For some this will be the same year as diagnosis, but perhaps it may not be the same year so fill that in as it applies to you. Also, directly below the check boxes that are checked for which things apply to you, I wrote in pen "See Effects of Impairment on next page". It may not seem that many of those things may apply, but you essentially want to check off anything that you can NOT do while testing, injecting, recording blood sugars, etc. For me, they all applied.
The diagnosis is Type 1 Diabetes
Now, the important and more tricky part. Effects of Impairment.
"Time spent on life sustaining therapy: 14 hrs/wk (it must be 14 or more, so I'm using 14 here. If less than 14, you will not be approved). is unable to participate in any activities of daily living while managing his/her diabetes and diabetes regimen (and insulin pump if it applies), 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk. must be available to: (pick the things that apply to you) calibrate insulin pump and CGMS, change tubing, rotate insertion sites, program pump, treat and recuperate from hypoglycemia, establish/reestablish insulin ratio, monitor glucose, maintain logs and analysing trends, prepare and administer insulin"
It is expected to last (YES) and it is not expected to go away (NO). Dr signs and does their thing, and mail it away to your closest tax center.
It really isn't as daunting as it looks in the end, if you have an idea of what they are looking for. :) Good luck, and hope you hear back favorable news. If you have a dr that doesn't do this on a regular basis, make sure you let them know that if they are asked for "further information", to CALL YOU and you will come in and assist them in completing that form. But, with the above answers, I have not heard of anyone's dr being further questioned.
I am filling out this T2201 DTC for for the first time. I have been a T1 diabetic since 1974 and have never done this before. I did not know about the T1 ADJ forms. I do know that i have to write a letter explaining my 14+ hours/wk before my dr. will sign the forms. Also, because I am married and my husbands income is greater than mine, this, in essence becomes a tax credit for him, correct? so if i am approved, and everything works out as far as going back to 2005 or whenever it is, does the cheque come to me or him?
Hi kim. I honestly dont know the answers to your questions as I am not married and that situation wasn't one I have any experience with. Perhaps somebody else may know the answers to your questions? But in the meantime, I would suggest you pursue the T2201 as that has to be approved first anyhow. Good luck! BJ
I definately am going to apply, I just have to make out my letter stating how I spend my 14 hours before my Dr. will sign the form. He wants to confirm how I spend it before he signs. I am not really sure how to write the letter itself. Should I write it in point form or full sentences? And if anyone else out there ismarried and knows how this credit is applied for married people, i would appreciate whatever help/knowledge you may be able to give me.
Thanks BJ, and I'll let you know how I make out.
You are filing and if you qualify you will receive the DTC . Income splitting very useful for those with a spouse/mate
Here is Tu member Barb Marche's website again for detail ( Barb is aware of the Private Companies and Canada Revenue's recent discoveries ) : http://www.diabetesadvocacy.com/DTC.htm
Or call the Tax Department , or your Tax consultant ( Accountant/H&R Block for instance )
Thank you so much for this link - had a rough few weeks since hearing I didn't qualify and have to get off my butt and write my letter before I run out of time; hopefully, the advice on this link and my own emotional side of it will find me a better result than the one I received initially...fingers crossed anyways...
Bec, dont give up! I'm still confused how they could have said no, but based on some of the things I've read recently, it sounds like they are clamping down. You should qualify so dont let them treat you like somebody trying to scam the system. Good luck!! BJ
Your dr is probably smart to have that letter in advance so that no mistakes are made later on if CRA asks for more information since they are real sticklers on the 14 hrs/wk thing. I would suggest making 2 copies, one to send in with your T2201 and one for your dr to keep on file in the event that CRA asks him for further information. Nel's link should help you considerably. I dont think it matters how you format your letter but I know for me, point form is easier to formulate.
Good luck!! I would use Nel's link as a starting point for sure and go from there. BJ
a bit more info on the topic !!
I am new to this site. Found it on a search on the above topic. I am presently in the process of completing Form T2201 and running into some difficulties which I could use a little help with, is is possible for you to PM me and I could explain the situation.
I would be more than happy to help. It wont let me send you a PM unless we're "friends" so I sent you a friend request. I'm just somebody that has applied for (and got) the DTC and am passionate that those that qualify should get it. So if I can be of any help to you, I'm more than happy to be of assistance. BJ