Recovery of Benefit and Assistance Overpayments
On Monday, the CRA introduced a new option on its “My CRA account” online portal to make it easier for people to pay back benefits they want to return.
They could include people who accidentally received both EI and CERB, as well as those who have gotten a job and are no longer eligible for CERB, said one official.
Ottawa planning fines, imprisonment for fraudulent CERB claims
Date: June 8, 2020
Source: The Globe and Mail
The federal government is planning to legislate fines and jail time for people who submit fraudulent claims under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, a $60-billion program that provides income support to workers affected by the pandemic.
The changes are in a draft bill obtained by The Globe and Mail that has not yet been introduced in the minority Parliament, where the Liberals will need the support of at least one other major opposition party for it to become law.
Under “punishment,” the draft bill says those guilty of an offence could receive a fine of not more than $5,000 plus not more than double the amount of the income support payment “that was or would have been paid as a result of committing the offence” or “both the fine and imprisonment for a term of not more than six months.” The bill does not say when those provisions would take effect, which suggests that section will not be enforced retroactively.
Pandemic benefit cheats could get caught by new CRA measures — but not soon
Date: May 14, 2020
Source: CBC News
Earlier this month, CBC News reported on instances of Canadians claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) even though they were not eligible.
Employers are going to be asked for more information about their employees this year.
The CRA is still finalizing plans to get the details of how much employees were paid on a monthly basis during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a normal year, the CRA would get only the annual total.
One official said that detailed wage information will allow them to check benefit claims.
“That puts us in a really strong position, because we can look at their earnings by month and we can compare that to their CERB claims … and we can see … [if they] were earning more than $1,000 in March or $1,000 in April, and were they claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit at the same time.”
On Monday, the CRA introduced a new option on its “My CRA account” online portal to make it easier for people to pay back benefits they want to return. They could include people who accidentally received both EI and CERB, as well as those who have gotten a job and are no longer eligible for CERB, said one official.
On the very first day the option was available, even without the CRA advertising it, close to 15,000 repayments were made, he said.
“Canadians are honest and we want to make it easy for them to repay it if they become ineligible,” he said.