Breaking down barriers: A critical analysis of the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan
Author: The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs
Topic: Tax filing and benefits
Publisher: Senate of Canada
Location: Canada
Format: Report
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: June 1, 2018

The Disability Tax Credit helps Canadians by reducing the amount of income tax they are required to pay. The Registered Disability Savings Plan helps people with a disability or their caregiver save for the future by putting money into a fund that grows tax free until the beneficiary makes a withdrawal.

This report, released by the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, makes 16 recommendations aimed at improving both programs. They are divided into short-term objective to make the process for the two programs simpler and clearer, and a long-term philosophical shift in the way Canada deals with people who are in financial distress but cannot advocate for themselves.  Recommendations include removing barriers that prevent people from taking advantage of the Disability Tax Credit and making enrolment in the Registered Disability Savings Plan automatic for eligible people under 60 years of age.

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