After weeks of criticism it lied, Canada Revenue Agency is going back to a previous interpretation of a tax credit used by diabetics.
CRA will also review applications denied since last May.
The parliamentary secretary for the minister of national revenue says the government’s sorry for the confusion.
Since the spring, Canadians with Type 1 diabetes have complained they’ve been turned down for the credit, even if they’d been approved in previous years.
To qualify, CRA requires diabetics spend at least 14 hours a week on activities related to administering insulin.
A patient’s doctor must confirm those hours.
CRA officials say they’ll return to using the pre-May clarification letter for disability tax applications, but repeated ”no change has been made to the eligibility criteria”.
The agency will review denied applications where it relied on that revised letter to determine eligibility.
No new or additional information is required unless CRA contacts individuals.
Diabetes Canada’s Kimberley Hanson welcomes the development and urges Ottawa to quickly review the claims.