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How to claim eligible medical expenses in Canada

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You can claim only eligible medical expenses on your tax return if you, or your spouse or common-law partner:

  • paid for the medical expenses in any 12-month period ending in 2023
  • did not claim them in 2022

To know for whom you can claim medical expenses, see How to claim eligible medical expenses on your tax return.

How to claim eligible medical expenses on your tax return

You can claim eligible medical expenses on line 33099 or line 33199 of your tax return (Step 5 – Federal tax).

Line 33099 – Medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependant children under 18

Use line 33099 to claim the total eligible medical expenses that you or your spouse or common-law partner paid for any of the following persons:

  • yourself
  • your spouse or common-law partner
  • your or your spouse or common-law partner’s children who were under 18 years of age at the end of the tax year

Line 33199 – Allowable amount of medical expenses for other dependants

Use line 33199 to claim the part of eligible medical expenses that you or your spouse or common-law partner paid for any of the following persons who depended on you for support:

  • your or your spouse or common-law partner’s children who were 18 years of age or older at the end of the tax year, or grandchildren
  • your or your spouse or common-law partner’s parents, grand-parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, or nieces who were residents of Canada at any time in the year

Documents you need to support your medical expenses claim

Do not send any documents with your tax return. Keep them in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asks to see them later.

  • Receipts – Receipts must show the name of the company or individual to whom the expense was paid.
     
  • Prescription – The List of common medical expenses indicates if you need a prescription to support your claim. A medical practitioner can provide the prescription.
     
  • Certification in writing – The List of common medical expenses indicates if you need a certification in writing to support your claim. A medical practitioner can provide the certification.
     
  • Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate – The List of common medical expenses indicates if you need to have this form approved by the CRA for your claim. For more information about this approval process, see Disability Tax Credit.

    If the person for whom you are claiming the medical expense is already approved for the disability tax credit for 2020, you do not need to send a new Form T2201.

Get in touch with Abdullah CPA for personal Tax Advise.

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