Benefits payments to continue until Sept 2020

As announced by the Minister of National Revenue, on May 15, 2020, the CRA has extended benefit payments until the end of September for those who are unable to file their 2019 tax return on time. For individuals who already receive the Canada child benefit, the GST/HST credit, or both, their estimated payments will be based on the information from their 2018 tax return. This also applies to temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.

This change should ensure that the most vulnerable population continues to receive their benefits when they need them the most.

If you are unable to file your 2019 return in time for it to be assessed by early September 2020, the estimated benefits and/or credits will stop in October 2020. You will then be advised to repay the estimated amounts that were issued starting in July 2020.

The CRA encourages Canadians to file their tax returns by June 1, 2020 or as soon as possible in order to receive the right amount of benefits based on their 2019 tax return, and in order to ensure continuity of benefits beyond September 2020.

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