Article from CTV News

A new research paper finds that a federal government tax credit for people with disabilities isn’t reaching six out of 10 people who qualify, because they don’t have enough income for the credit to offer any benefit.

The Disability Tax Credit reduces taxes by up to about $1,200 per year — but only for those who would otherwise pay taxes.

It was designed to help individuals who have burdensome expenses related to their disabilities, which can include things like requiring kidney dialysis, dementia, car accident injuries, mental disorders and physical disabilities.

But people like Ian Young, who suffered seven strokes that have restricted his mobility and made it difficult to work, can’t get any of the funds — and he thinks that’s unfair.

“I would like to be able to afford equipment for myself to increase my independence,” said Young, who is a member of the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities.