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Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

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Why you would send CRB back

If you are not eligible for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), you will have to return any payments you received.

Return or repay the CRB to the CRA if you:

  • applied for the CRB and later found that you do not meet the eligibility criteria
  • received a payment in error

To review the periods in a calendar, go to Period start and end dates.

Individuals who make intentionally fraudulent claims may also face additional consequences, such as penalties or possible jail time.

Recognize repayment scams

Beware of fraudulent emails, texts or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying the CRB or requesting personal information.

For more on what to expect when we contact you, and what information we ask for, go to Protect yourself against fraud.

How repayments can impact your taxes

The timing of when you repay a CRB amount may impact your taxes.

If you repaid a CRB amount:

  • before December 31, 2020 – your repayment should be reflected on your 2020 T4A slip (you will not pay tax on amounts you repaid in 2020)
  • after December 31, 2020 - you will be taxed based on the full amount shown on your 2020 T4A slip (your repayment will be on your 2021 T4A slip, which you can claim as a deduction on next year’s tax return)

For more on taxes, go to: Impact on your taxes

How to return CRB to CRA

You can return or repay your CRB payment to the CRA online or by mail.

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

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

Online with CRA:
Sign in to CRA My Account
Online banking:

With your financial institution:

  1. Sign in to your financial institution's online banking service
  2. Under "Add a payee" look for an option such as CRA (revenue) – Canada emergency benefit repayment or CEB repayment to repay a CRA administered COVID-19 benefit
  3. Enter your 9 digit social insurance number (SIN) as the CRA account number
By mail:

Mail a cheque or money order to the CRA:

  1. Make the payment out to "Receiver General for Canada"
  2. Indicate it is for "Repayment of Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)"
  3. Indicate which eligibility period you are repaying
  4. Include your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  5. Mail your payment:

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

If you still have the original CRB 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)

Mail the cheque to:

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

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