While she said this is particularly frustrating given that her endocrinologist signed off on the fact that she does meet the 14-hour-per-week criteria, it has greater implications for those from lower-income households who rely more heavily on the credit.
“Being a Type 1 diabetic is a very expensive disease in which I feel it’s not right to be denied a tax credit,” Levandoski said, listing syringes, insulin, glucose meters, glucose test strips and other expenses as necessary expenditures to maintaining her health.
“I can’t imagine the number of people who aren’t able to afford the proper supplies to manage their disease, or the amount of time they spend hospitalized due to complications,” she said. “It is a sad reality that sometimes individuals are faced with either paying their bills or purchasing medical supplies to keep them alive and healthy.”
This, she said, is why she shared her story with Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Larry Maguire, whom she said was immediately receptive to sharing her story, incorporating her concerns not only in correspondence with National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, but also comments in the House of Commons.
In Ottawa, her voice has joined a chorus of others who object to the recent CRA crackdown on the Disability Tax Credit — an outpouring of opposition that has included the heads of Diabetes Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Maguire said a recently leaked internal memo has revealed that CRA employees have been advised to deny type 1 diabetes applications unless there are “exceptional circumstances,” and that they should override doctors’ claims they meet the 14-hour eligibility criteria.
The Tory MP said that he has received correspondence from “numerous” constituents who either have Type 1 diabetes or a family member who has the disease, who are concerned about the increased financial burden their being denied a tax credit would bring.
In addition to advocating in broad strokes, Maguire has also pushing for individuals, including Levandoski.