‘Nonsensical’: Court finds CRA unreasonable in ordering woman to pay back CRB
Some Canadians who received COVID-19 benefits in 2020 and 2021 continue to face an uphill battle in proving they properly qualified for them, especially if their pre-pandemic earnings are not verifiable.
Take the case of a British Columbia resident who went to court in September in an effort to avoid repaying the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) payments she received during her unemployment.
The taxpayer in this case earned $4,052 while employed by Dollarama Inc. from June 2019 until September 2019, when she stopped working to attend college in Vancouver. For the first two months of 2020, the taxpayer claimed she was self-employed, working as a “support worker/cleaning,” but she stopped working in March because of the pandemic.
She applied for the CRB in April 2020 and received payments from Sept. 27, 2020, through Feb. 27, 2021, at which point the payments ceased. In April 2021, she contacted the Canada Revenue Agency to find out why she had stopped receiving payments. The CRA representative said the agency did not think she met the income eligibility requirement of having earned at least $5,000 and asked her to send proof of her income to the CRA.