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What does SARS deem to be a disability?

Posted 1 July 2013 under Tax Questions



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Hi TaxTim,

My Partner suffers from epilepsy. He was diagnosed in 2010. In 2011 He was put on temporary Disability by his psychiatrist. In 2012 he returned to work.

I have read up on the SARS guidelines as to what defines a disability and would like to make sure if I answer yes to the question regarding disabilities of Spouse or Children.

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
1 July 2013 at 22:47

The items allowed to be claimed when expended by people suffering from epilepsy are:

1. Helmets (protective gear) ?%u20AC%u201C used by people with epilepsy to prevent injury, especially head injuries during seizures.
2. Specialised anti-glare screens ?%u20AC%u201C for televisions and computers used by a person with photosensitive epilepsy to minimise exposure to seizures.
3.Air conditioner, heater, fan, air filter, cleaner, or purifier and environment control system (computerised or electronic) to prevent hypothermia or hyperthermia for a person with spinal cord injury or as required by a person with epilepsy.

Of course these are examples, but yes epilepsy would qualify as a disabilty if diagnosed by a registered medical professional.


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