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Income Tax

You may all already know this but it was news to me so thought I would share. I spent some time reading the Canada Revenue pages and couldn't find what I wanted so I called and spoke to the nicest gentleman who gave me the following information for writing medical expenses off of your income tax. He said it would go under line 33099 on your forms. We will be traveling 106 km's a day for treatment so any write offs will be helpful. Here is what I got:

Travel expenses (at least 40 km) – the cost of the public transportation expenses (for example, taxis, bus, or train) when a person needs to travel at least 40 kilometres (one way), but less than 80 km, from their home to get medical services.

To claim transportation and travel expenses, all of the following conditions must be met:

  • Substantially equivalent medical services were not available near your home.
  • You took a reasonably direct travelling route.
  • It is reasonable, under the circumstances, for you to have travelled to that place to get those medical services.

If a medical practitioner certifies in writing that you were not able to travel alone to get medical services, you can also claim the transportation and travel expenses of an attendant.

Vehicle expenses

Vehicle expenses include:

  • operating expenses such as fuel, oil, tires, licence fees, insurance, maintenance, and repairs
  • ownership expenses such as depreciation, provincial tax, and finance charges

Keep track of the number of kilometres you drove in that time period, as well as the number of kilometres you drove specifically for the purpose of moving or medical expenses, or for the northern residents deductions. Your claim for vehicle expenses is the percentage of your total vehicle expenses that relate to the kilometres driven for moving or medical expenses, or for northern residents deductions.

British Columbia 52 cents a km

Meals claim in Canadian or US funds a flat rate of $23/meal, to a maximum of $69/day (sales tax included) per person, without receipts.

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JustJan
1033 Posts

@Squirrelbutt this is great information. I happened to stumble across a worksheet in the binder I was given when I was first diagnosed. I believe in Ontario it is .55 a km and you can also claim parking expenses. It really adds up. I created a spreadsheet to track all my appointments, trips for scans, bloodwork, dentist, family doctor, any prescription expenses not covered, etc. It made it easier to input come tax season.

NormRay
49 Posts

@Squirrelbutt

Thanks for that information. It might be slightly different in my province (AB), but I will have to look into it more. I knew about travel and vehicle experience but had no clue I could claim some meals.

I had to travel about an hour each way to Calgary for two months while receiving radiation 5 days a week. Plus other appointments like physiotherapy, hearing tests, CT/PET scans, bloodwork etc.

When I first started going to the Tom Baker center in Calgary I was having trouble paying for prescriptions, medical equipment, etc on top of the costs to just get there. With my type of cancer I lost the use of my right eye so needed to be driven into my appointments from family or friends. I lost my job from a combination of covid and my lack of sight. My NP hooked me up with social services in the building and found out I could claim all my expenses to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. They took my appointment list to figure out times and distance traveled for kms traveled, all prescriptions, special diet supplements like Ensure, any medical devices like thermometers, BP monitor, even my nasal rinse supplies. This will reimburse a patient to a point (forget the limit) but surely helped me to be able to afford to continue getting treatments.

I wanted to add this in case there is someone else struggling in Alberta and need the little extra help. Rationing meds or supplements shouldn't be needed in a socialistic health care system. Other provinces probably have similar programs to check out.

Norm

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