Some CERB Recipients to Pay Everything Back Due to Unclear Wording
TORONTO — Some Canadians who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are being asked to repay the entire sum by Dec. 31 because of one word that was never mentioned in the original application, an unclear communication that recipients say is confusing and unfair.
Some CERB applicants interpreted self-employment income as their gross income, not net income, and say the CRA did not make this clear.
The CRA denies changing the rules. The agency told CTVNews.ca that it considers self-employment income as the net pre-tax income — gross income minus expenses.
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