If you receive a disability tax credit from the federal government for yourself or a dependent, then you are most likely eligible to receive compensation from the Quebec government, too! Quebec benefits are paid out differently—and applied for differently—than the federal benefits.
Disabled Quebecers over 18
The AMOUNT FOR A SEVERE AND PROLONGED IMPAIRMENT IN MENTAL OR PHYSICAL FUNCTIONS tax credit may be available for adults over 18. If you already have a DTCC that you received by filing a federal T2201, that may be all you need. In special cases, the Quebec-specific form TP-752.0.14-V may work to your advantage. The benefit is approximately $1000/year and can be applied retroactively for up to 10 years. There are two categories of benefits for adults:
• A non-refundable credit is available for you or your spouse of one of you has a disability. This means that if you are paying taxes, you will receive a tax credit. If you are not paying any taxes, you cannot receive this benefit, though there may be other programs available to you.
• A refundable tax credit is available for you if an aging parent, spouse over 70, or disabled adult child lives in your home. This benefit is non-income based, meaning that even if you are not paying taxes, you will still receive the payment. The federal government only offers the credit to taxpayers, so this is great for you if you’re a Quebec resident.
Quebec Families of Children with Disabilities
The Supplement for Handicapped Children from Regie des rentes des Quebec is just one of their many programs for individuals with disabilities. Approved annually, the supplement is paid in monthly installments of approximately $187, and can be collected up to 11 months retroactively. The eligibility requirements set forth by the Regie are different than the federal requirements for the DTCC. For example, a child with severe allergies is eligible for the Quebec Supplement for Handicapped Children, but not for the DTCC.
The application process is entirely new, and the documentation requirements are extensive, especially in respect to mental functions. You may opt to consult with an experienced benefit advisor to guide you through this complicated process. As a Quebec-based business, this is DFAC’s area of expertise!
More tips and benefits for Quebec residents coming in future posts…