The disability tax credit (DTC) is a non-refundable tax credit that helps person with disabilities to reduce the amount of income tax they may have to pay. Some people living with MS may qualify for the DTC. This webinar helps participants to understand how the DTC may benefit them, who may be eligible, and how to apply to Canada Revenue Agency with the support of a medical practitioner. Speakers from the MS Society BCY Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP) and from the Disability Alliance of BC (DABC) provide this overview, as well as information on how you can access the assistance of an advocate if you are apply for the DTC.
This session was hosted by the British Columbia & Yukon Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. It was offered free of charge and was funded in part by the Law Foundation of British Columbia.
Presenter(s):Sharareh (Shar) Saremi, Advocate at Disability Alliance BC
Sharareh is a Disability Tax Credit (DTC), Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and Canada Pension Plan - Disability (CPP-D) advocate with the advocacy access team at Disability Alliance BC. She graduated with a degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from UBC, joined the DABC team in January 2018, and has enjoyed learning how to best serve and support her community and clients.
Nyssa Lessingham, Coordinator, Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP), MS Society BC & Yukon Division
Nyssa has been an advocate with the Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program (VLAP) since 2016, serving people living with MS who are facing legal and advocacy issues in BC and the Yukon. She earned her degree in Psychology and Counselling from Simon Fraser University. As the Coordinator of VLAP, she works out of the Burnaby MS Society office Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, assisting clients primarily with issues related to employment, human rights, and disability benefit application and appeals such as Canada Pension Plan – Disability (CPP-D), Persons with Disabilities (PWD), Long Term Disability (LTD), and the Disability Tax Credit (DTC).