meal claims for respite care

A client provides respite care to an adult with disabilities. How much can she claim for the 3 meals a day that she provides when her client is with her?

Answer

The short answer is: NONE of the meals

According to page 14 of CRA's publication RC4064 Medical and Disability-Related Information guide, you cannot claim the food, but you can claim the service-provider's fee for the preparation of the food.

Exception: Page 13 of the same guide states you can claim the food provided by a nursing home

These expenses can be claimed on Line 330 or 331 as a Non-Refundable Tax Credit (if above 3% of income) or on line 215 as a deduction from the disabled's income. 

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