Ground­brea­king tax ses­sion a suc­cess

Fe­de­ral MP hosts free info mee­ting

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NDP MPJa­mie Ni­cholls and fel­low NDP MP Pe­ter Ju­lian of B.C., an ex­pert on the di­sa­bi­li­ty tax cre­dit, hos­ted the ground­brea­king mee­ting that was free to at­tend in or­der to ex­plain the tax’s eli­gi­bi­li­ty cri­te­ria.

Those at­ten­ding the mee­ting or­ga­ni­zed by Ni­cholls and held at the Île-Per­rot com­mu­ni­ty centre, were able to learn more about di­sa­bi­li­ty tax cre­dits, which Ni­cholls says ma­ny Ca­na­dians for­get to claim each year.

Ni­cholls and Ju­lian ans­we­red ques­tions about the cre­dit that can to­tal up to $1,380 each year.

“I am proud to have or­ga­ni­zed the ve­ry first mee­ting of its kind in my ri­ding,” said Ni­cholls. “We were for­tu­nate to be able to count on the know-how and de­di­ca­tion of Ju­lian, who I work clo­se­ly with on the Hill. New De­mo­crats want to de­mys­ti­fy the role of the fe­de­ral go­vern­ment for ci­ti­zens and this type of event is ve­ry much in line with that

Though tax sea­son has come and gone, a first of its kind in­for­ma­tion ses­sion hos­ted last month was de­cla­red a suc­cess when more than six­ty re­si­dents from the re­gion at­ten­ded an April 21 in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in L’Île-Per­rot that ai­med to ex­plain a di­sa­bi­li­ty tax cre­dit that could add up to more than $1,000 a year.

phi­lo­so­phy.”

He said the Con­ser­va­tive go­vern­ment cut the pu­blic ser­vice po­si­tions for­mer­ly res­pon­sible for re­laying this in­for­ma­tion to Ca­na­dians. “These are exis­ting be­ne­fits that Ca­na­dians have a right to,” Ni­cholls said, ad­ding he feels the Har­per go­vern­ment’s po­li­cy means people may not know about them.

Eli­gi­bi­li­ty for the tax cre­dit is ba­sed on the le­vel of dif­fi­cul­ty in car­rying out the ba­sic ac­ti­vi­ties of dai­ly li­ving such as wal­king, fee­ding, spea­king, hea­ring, or bo­wel or blad­der func­tions.

Ni­cholls no­ted that the cre­dit is trans­fe­rable to ano­ther fa­mi­ly mem­ber, while it is al­so pos­sible to re­quest a re­vi­sion and claim up to ten years of re­troac­ti­vi­ty.

Those unable to at­tend the mee­ting but who would like more in­for­ma­tion about clai­ming the cre­dit in the fu­ture can call the consti­tuen­cy of­fice at 1 866 323-8518.

PHOTOTHÈQUE

NDP MP Ja­mie Ni­cholls and fel­low NDP MP Pe­ter Ju­lian of B.C., ex­plai­ned the di­sa­bi­li­ty

tax cre­dit last month in L’Île-Per­rot to a room full of area re­si­dents.

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