Larry Maguire Highlights New Tax Relief

OTTAWA - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris highlighted the Federal Government's support for families through new health-related tax relief.

"This tax relief builds on our Government's record of keeping taxes low for Canadians and their families," said MP Maguire.

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes a number of measures to reduce the tax burden on Canadians, including health-related tax relief such as:

  • GST exemption on acupuncturists' and naturopathic doctors' professional services.

  • Expanding the list of eligible expenses under the Medical Expense Tax Credit to include costs associated with service animals specially trained to assist individuals with severe diabetes, such as diabetes alert dogs.

  • Adding eyewear specially designed to electronically enhance the vision of individuals with vision impairment that is supplied on the order of a physician or other specified health professional to the list of GST free (zero-rated) medical and assistive devices.

  • Providing further tax recognition for costs associated with eligible specially designed medical therapies and training by:

    • Expanding the current GST exemption for training that is specially designed to help individuals cope with a disorder or disability to also exempt services of designing such training, such as developing a training plan.

    • Including amounts paid for the design of an individualized therapy plan as an eligible expense for income tax purposes under the Medical Expense Tax Credit.

Changes to the tax treatment of these services and other GST health-related measures announced in Economic Action Plan 2014 became effective on February 12, 2014.

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