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In continuation of the previous blog on disability tax credit; this is one of the least know credits among Canadians. Getting approved for this credit means, putting more money in your pocket and paying less tax. There are several different types of disabilities which are covered under this credit. Feeding/ eating restrictions is one such disability that is covered under this credit.

Eating meals throughout our day plays a major role in our lives. According to Statistic Canada a twelve year old needs as much as 2,625 calories to maintain an active lifestyle and a sixty-five year old women needs 1,600 calories to maintain a healthy lifestyle. According to a 2002 survey 1.5% of all Canadian women between the age of 15 – 24 experience some form of eating disorder.

Under Canada Revenue Agency rules and regulations you must be “markedly restricted” to qualify for this credit. So what does this mean for those who have feeding restrictions.

Well there are two separate aspects to eating/ feeding restrictions that we need to consider. First is the process of actually preparing the food. And second is eating the food. The main reason for these two things being separate is because any given individual may experience discomfort in both or either of the two.

Let’s start by focusing on the first category, preparing the food. Take for instance if you and your family decide to make lasagna for dinner. If anyone in your family experiences discomfort such as back pain or joint pain while lifting the average size pots and pans from the stove top or oven then they can potentially be qualified for this credit. Another way to look at food preparation is the amount of time you or your loved once takes to prepare food items. If you find yourself taking a much longer time to prepare the same quantity of food in comparison to someone of similar age, then you might be qualified for this credit.

Secondly, we need to consider actually eating the food. Suppose you and your family sat down to have a meal at the same time. If anyone in your family takes a longer time to eat in comparison to another individual of same age, then they can be qualified for this credit. Also, if you experience hand shaking due to any injuries that prevents you from putting food in a spoon and eating it, then you can be qualified for this credit. Lastly, if you or your loved ones require any special feeding tubes or modified utensils, this can get you qualified for this credit.

Remember the points discussed above are just a few ways by which you can be qualified for this credit, but by no means are we limited to these points only.
Qualifying for this credit is easier than man making it out to be. This credit can definitely help most individuals who are unable to enjoy a meal comfortably due to some form of injures that they might have experienced.

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