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Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Return or repay a payment

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Why you would send the CESB back

You must return or repay the CESB if you:

  • are able to find work and are earning more than $1,000 (before taxes) during an eligibility period you’ve applied for
  • applied for CESB and later found that you are not eligible
  • received more than what you are entitled to

Impact on your taxes

The CESB is taxable. This means you will need to report any amounts you received from the CESB on next year’s income tax return.

You will receive a T4A tax slip for the amount of CESB you receive. The tax slip will also be available in your CRA My Account for the 2020 tax year.

If you repay the CESB before December 31, 2020, the CRA won't include the amount you’ve repaid on your T4A slip.

How to return or repay the CESB

You can return or repay your CESB payment online or by mail.

If you were paid by direct deposit or don't have the original CESB cheque

To repay the CESB, choose one of the following options:

  • Online: through CRA My Account
  • Online banking: with your financial institution
    1. Sign in to online banking
    2. Under “Add a payee” select option “CRA (revenue) – tax instalment"
    3. Enter your 9-digit Social Insurance Number (SIN) as the CRA account number
  • By mail: send a cheque or money order to the CRA
    1. Make payment out to "Receiver General for Canada"
    2. Indicate it is for "Repayment of CESB"
    3. Indicate which eligibility period you are repaying
    4. Include your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or your Temporary Tax Number (TTN)
    5. Mail your payment, refer to: Mail back your payment
If you still have the original CESB cheque

You can return the cheque by mail.

Be sure to include:

  1. the reason for returning the cheque (not entitled or overpayment)
  2. your Social Insurance Number (SIN) or Temporary Tax Number (TTN)

For the mailing address, refer to: Mail back your payment.

Mail back your payment

Revenue Processing – Repayment of CESB
Sudbury Tax Centre
1050 Notre Dame Avenue
Sudbury ON P3A 0C3

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