Change the Tax Act
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I ask that the Minister of Finance and Parliament of Canada amend the Income Tax Act in order to allow that medical travel costs incurred in Canada be deductible against future taxes payable.
Cancer treatment centres and major medical and recuperative centres are located in densely populated areas in Canada. Everyone living in smaller or rural communities must travel long distances for cancer treatment, surgery, or injury rehabilitation and they often incur crippling travel and accommodation costs. This happened to me while I was in Cancer treatment away from home.
Travel costs are deductible from taxes payable ONLY in the year the costs are incurred.
If a patient is unable to work the during treatment, as I was for several months, then he or she is taxed at a lower rate. I could not recover my medical travel expenses because I paid lower than usual taxes. Low taxes payable, little or no deduction allowable.
Medical travel costs CANNOT be brought forward to the following years when the patient is hopefully healed, back to work and paying taxes again. A catch 22 if ever there was one.
People living in large communities within daily reach of a major medical centre do not incur medical travel expenses. This catch 22 only affects the 18 or 19 million people living in rural areas in all provinces and territories.
Seniors, like me, who work part time to supplement income, part time workers, seasonal workers, self-employed workers and others who cannot continue to work while ill, fall between the cracks in our taxation system.
This leaves many vulnerable citizens without recourse. Their medical travel costs are a direct loss and unrecoverable.
Not Fair. Please help me change the tax laws.
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