Following the tabling of the 2021 Winter Reports of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG), the Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, issued the following statement in response to the report entitled, "Canada Child Benefit - Canada Revenue Agency," which included two recommendations for the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA): “The Canada child benefit (CCB) has a major impact on the lives of middle-class Canadians, helping over 3.3 million families with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has provided urgently-needed income support to millions of Canadians, which has helped them put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads during this crisis. The federal government is committed to continuing to support Canadians throughout this crisis.
The Canada Revenue Agency recognizes the value of free tax clinics that help Canadians do their taxes so they can get the benefit and credits they are entitled to. We also know the costs of running these clinics can be a challenge for organizations who want to participate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many Canadian employees working from home to help minimize the spread of the virus, raising questions about how salaried and commissioned employees affected by the new realities can claim work-space-in-the-home and supplies expenses, on their 2020 T1 Individual Income Tax and Benefit Return.