Did your tax software give you the credits and deductions that you planned? It’s not always that obvious, especially for people new to the world of disabilities.
To begin with, I have attached a table of who should claim the different credits and deductions. As you enter your data into your preferred tax software, check off each item that is applicable to you as you enter it.
Remember no matter what software you are using, you need to tell the program a few basic things about your family:
- The disability status (i.e. T2201) of your child
- Who will claim the disability amount transferred from a dependant
- It’s best to complete both spousal returns at the same time to ensure all credits are accounted for and medical receipts assigned to the correct spouse (good software will assist in this task)
- Who will claim child care, if at all (generally it will be the lower income spouse)
Once your taxes are complete, refer to the next checklist (Post Tax Checklist) to give your tax preparation a mini “audit”.