September 8, 2012
Anyone who has ever experienced a broken leg realizes the importance of wheelchairs and crutches. The National Benefit Authority reminds all Canadians that such devices are not available in many countries around the world. Medical care is insufficient for those who have had an accident or serious fall. A broken limb in a third-world country can lead to loss of the limb or death. Many charities have begun to collect used devices in prosperous countries with the intention of finding the best way to transport them to other places. Old models or repaired devices can be taken to hospitals that are supported by the many different charitable organizations around the globe.
One special smartphone ap that has been designed for kids with limited communication abilities, is called the “VerbalVictor.” This remarkable app was designed for a young boy with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome. The child finds a picture that conveys his message and touches the screen. The app speaks for the child, such as “I want to play outside” when pointing at a picture of a playground. At a price of just $7.00, the app has sold more than 2,000 copies in many countries around the world. Children are able to use the app without having to ask for assistance.
Old and new technological devices are touching lives or people everywhere. Injuries or disabilities require the same care to allow the individual to have the best possible quality of life. Families are able to provide better care because the devices are available. Doctors can apply the best diagnosis and treatment because the devices aid in the process of healing. Patients participate in their care since they are able to move around and get better. Charities are working diligently to find unused equipment from every possible source, including companies and individuals who can help.
August 8, 2012
Significant health expenses present challenges for Canadians living with diabetes, which is a condition caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Daily health routines require medication and testing supplies that can strain the monthly household budget. The National Benefit Authority assists eligible diabetics with the necessary forms to secure benefits through the Canada Revenue Agency. Founded by Akiva Medjuck, the organization prevents other people from encountering the difficulties his family faced in the application process with the government entity. Thousands of people receive valuable guidance that saves time and effort. Each person works with an expert to complete the forms required to qualify.
Millions of Canadians have diabetes, and the entire family is affected by the costs associated with managing the disease on a daily basis. Diabetics can qualify for compensation, which is intended to offset the ongoing expenses. The National Benefit Authority answers questions that patients have when attempting to navigate the government applications, check their eligibility to see if you qualify. Avoiding the process is not going to bring results. One phone call could start the process and remove the fear of attempting to finish the forms alone. The patient will provide information while the expert completes the application.
Former attempts to qualify for benefits from the Canada Revenue Agency should not be a deterrent for the patient. Discussions about the former attempts might not be necessary if the forms can be completed with the information provided. Completion of the application process can move the patient closer to approval. Once the application is approved, the benefits will start within a few weeks. The money received can be used as the patient determines. Funds received under the Canada Revenue Agency will not affect the eligibility for other government assistance programs.
May 18, 2012
The added stress and cost are two aspects of applying for complex government programs that many people do not foresee. This is why disabled persons and their loved ones are often better off navigating this process with professional help from disability experts such as The National Benefit Authority. Unfortunately, many people do not realize this until after they have incorrectly filed an application and been rejected. Just take the Disability Tax Credit as an example.
After completing the myriad of complex forms to apply for the Disability Tax Credit, including a portion to be completed by a qualified medical professional, the final step is binding everything together with the proper medical records and attaching a cover letter. The Canadian Revenue Agency may take anywhere from six to eight months to send a response after it has received the application. In many cases this response is a rejection, simply because the applicant didn’t understand a question or forgot some miniscule piece of information.
The good news is that disabled persons and their loved ones can appeal. With help from an agency like The National Benefit Authority, the process will be much less stressful and ultimately less expensive the second time around.
September 9, 2011
Many people do not realize that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is considered a disability, but The National Benefit Authority wants Canadians to know that if they suffer from this condition, they may qualify for disability tax benefits. Most people who suffer from IBS are uncomfortable talking about it, unfortunately, which prevents them from getting tax assistance or any other form of assistance for which they might be eligible. If this condition is marked enough to restrict one’s ability to complete the basic tasks of everyday living, though, it is considered a disability and the person suffering from it can claim tax benefits as a result. It can’t hurt to at least learn more.
What is IBS?
Irritable Bowel Symptom is a very common condition affecting the human gastrointestinal system. Typically, IBS chronically affects the digestive system, which means its symptoms occur on a regular basis. The symptoms can be quite uncomfortable and include abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea, which may in turn lead to other symptoms such as back pain, headache and stomach ache. Scientists and doctors aren’t completely sure what causes IBS yet, but there is evidence to suggest that it has something to do with the nervous system being unable to control the digestive system. This may be a result of stress, poor diet or lack of exercise, and making changes in these areas might help. But in other cases, the chronic symptoms simply won’t go away despite lifestyle changes, probiotics and other treatments.
Some cases are very mild, but some are so severe that the individual suffering from the condition cannot live a “regular” life without some hardships. If an individual is diagnosed with chronic IBS and the symptoms impact that person’s daily life, it is considered a disability by the Canadian government and tax authorities. The government in Canada has set up programs such as the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan to make life easier for the victims of these disabling conditions.
Get Help Qualifying
If you are suffering from chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it is affecting your ability to complete the basic tasks of your daily life, The National Benefit Authority can help guide you through the process of qualifying for, applying for and receiving disability tax benefits. Organizations such as this one have the knowledge and resources to ensure a smooth process for eligible individuals and their loved ones. It is worthwhile to at least schedule a consultation.
August 25, 2011
Narcolepsy is just one of the conditions whose symptoms might qualify a Canadian taxpayer for the Disability Tax Credit, according to The National Benefit Authority. The medical condition known as narcolepsy causes the sufferer to fall asleep involuntarily, often at the most inopportune times. The part of the narcolepsy sufferer’s brain that controls sleep patterns often malfunctions and causes instant sleepiness, sometimes to the point of falling asleep while performing an everyday activity. Since many people suffering from this disorder still have jobs and manage to live fairly normal lives, they may not believe that they qualify for any sort of disability benefits. When it comes to the tax credit, however, having a job and leading a relatively normal life don’t necessarily prevent a person from receiving it.
Narcolepsy and the Disability Tax Credit
The Disability Tax Credit was created to help ease the burden on people who have disabilities that impede their daily lives. Living with narcolepsy can be difficult, not only because of the daytime sleep attacks, but also because it causes nighttime sleep to be quite disturbed. People living with narcolepsy tend to wake up several times during the night. Other symptoms include hallucinations, sleep paralyses upon waking or falling asleep, and/or sudden loss of muscle control accompanied by laughing or other unusual behavior. It is also expensive and time consuming to return to the doctor, run tests and take medications to treat the condition. Most people who have narcolepsy will suffer from it for the rest of their lives, and it can definitely hinder their daily activities or personal life, although treatments can reduce the symptoms.
Any Canadian resident whose narcolepsy symptoms are severe enough to substantially impede daily life, as certified by a qualified physician, can take advantage of the Disability Tax Credit and other benefits. Applying for the tax credit can be daunting, but with help from an organization like The National Benefit Authority, it is easier than ever to find out if you qualify and properly complete and submit all the required forms. Every case is different, and even doctors do not always realize the severity of symptoms one must have to qualify for the tax credit. Even if you don’t think your case would qualify, it can’t hurt to learn more. If you do qualify, the tax credit and other benefits can be a huge help.
July 20, 2011
The National Benefit Authority, an agency that helps disabled Canadians obtain and maximize the benefits available to them, is also actively involved with promoting awareness about these tax benefit programs. There are people in Canada with all sorts of disabilities, both mental and physical, that restrict the way they live their lives. When a person is disabled for any reason, they may qualify for various tax benefits in Canada, which could also extend to their family and/or caregivers. Whether you were born with a disability, developed it later on or suffered an accident or traumatic experience that left you disabled, there is help to ease the financial burden for you and your family. It is important that this information is available to disabled Canadians.
Disability Benefits from the Government of Canada
There are many different types of benefits from the government of Canada to which disabled citizens are entitled. There are various disability tax benefits and special savings programs that help offset the medical, adaptive, mobility and caretaking costs of living with a disability. There are also children’s disability benefits that parents of minors (ages 17 and younger) may qualify for. These disability tax credits are available both for disabled persons and/or for their parents or caregivers, regardless of age. If an older person with a disability is still being cared for by a parent or other caregiver, they can transfer their own tax benefits if not earning enough income to use it themselves. The registered disability savings plan is available for Canadians living with disabilities as well.
Spreading the Word
The problem is that many Canadians do not know about these programs, or they don’t know how to navigate the complicated application process. This is why organizations like The National Benefit Authority are working to inform disabled Canadians about all their options, help them determine if they qualify and assist them in the application process if they are eligible. These benefits are there to help the Canadians who need them most, but without proper information and assistance, the process of obtaining the benefits is often difficult.
By promoting the disability benefit programs, providing accurate information and giving assistance to those who need it, agencies such as this one can help more Canadians get the help they need to ease the financial burden of a disability. It’s a relief to know there is help out there.
June 15, 2011
You might think you won’t qualify for disability tax credits if you are an older couple caring for a child who’s over the age of 18, but this simply isn’t the case, and with help from an agency like The National Benefit Authority you should be able to navigate this complicated system. If you live with an adult child who has special needs that require your assistance, care-giving and guidance, you and your child may actually both qualify for various tax credits. If you aren’t taking advantage of the assistance that the Canada Revenue Agency offers already, you should be – and you can even recapture benefits from as many as ten years into the past.
The Special Needs of You and Your Child
If your child has special needs that require them to live with you or be financially dependent on you past the age of 18, you certainly shouldn’t quit getting help just because they are technically at the age of adulthood. Your child requires support to live their life, and you should qualify for support in yours. There are a couple different situations that will result in tax credits for you and/or your child.
Situation #1: Your child will most likely qualify for the Disability Tax Credit if they either live with you, or if they require your assistance with daily living. You may also qualify for the Caregiver Tax Credit. You can even recapture as much as $13,000 for the disability credit and as much as $5,000 of back tax credits for the caregiver credit if you qualify and haven’t been taking advantage of these credits for the last ten years.
Situation #2: Another common situation for parents of disabled children is that the child lives in an assisted living home and not with the parents, but there are still tax credits that may be available in this case. If the child’s needs required them to leave home for the structure of assisted living rather than living at home, but the parents still provide care and support and have their child live with them during parts of the year, tax credits will likely still apply. In fact, both the Disability Tax Credit for the child and the Caregiver Tax Credit for the parents may still apply in this situation.
It is important to understand all the stipulations; in certain instances there are minimal requirements, such as the child may still occasionally live at home throughout the year.