CRA says it has $1.4 billion in uncashed checks – how to claim

OTTAWA — The Canada Revenue Agency says it will send electronic notices about uncashed checks to 25,000 Canadians this month.

The federal agency says it has about $1.4 billion in uncashed checks in its coffers that have accumulated over the years, with some dating back to 1998.

Each year, the CRA issues millions of payments in the form of benefits and refunds, but some checks go uncashed for a variety of reasons, including a misplaced check or a change of address.

Another 25,000 Canadians will receive e-notifications in November, followed by another 25,000 in May 2023.

The CRA launched a campaign in February 2020 to urge Canadians to cash their checks and says it has so far refunded more than $800 million to taxpayers.

The CRA says Canadians can check if they have any outstanding payments by logging in or registering for a CRA online account.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 8, 2022.

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