What is Myotonic Dystrophy
Myotonic Dystrophy is an inherited disease in which the muscles contract but have decreasing power to relax. It can lead to a mask-like expressionless face, premature balding, cataracts and abnormalities in heart rhythm. The disease is due to trinucleotide repeat which is a stuttering in the DNA. There is a gene called the myotonic dystrophy gene found on a chromosome in the skeletal muscle which causes the disease.
Symptoms of Myotonic Dystrophy
The signs and symptoms of the disease are unusual because they become more severe with each successive generation. Signs and symptoms include frequent falls, difficulty getting up from lying down or sitting, trouble running or jumping, walking on ones toes, large calf muscles, muscle pain and stiffness and learning disabilities There is usually muscle weakness in lower legs, hands, neck, and face.
Available Treatments for Myotonic Dystrophy
There is no cure for Myotonic Dystrophy, but treatment can help prevent or recude problems in the joints and spine to allow people with the disease to remain mobile for as long as they can. There are various treatment options which include medications, physical therapy, and surgical and other procedures.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Myotonic Dystrophy
To be eligible for this tax credit, a person must be impaired for over the period of one full year. They can also be eligible if they have difficulty in one of the following daily life activities, such as walking. For a walking impairment, the patient must be unable to walk 100m (a city block) or it must take them an inordinate amount of time (3 times longer than normal) to do so due to shortness of breath.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Myotonic Dystrophy
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits.