How to make a repayment

How to make a repayment

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COVID-19 benefits from the CRA

If you received COVID-19 benefits from the CRA but you were not eligible, you must repay the amounts to the CRA. These include:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from the CRA
  • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

Do not repay the following to the CRA:

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from Service Canada

Repay CERB received from Service Canada

If you received CERB from Service Canada, you must repay Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

Benefit repayment options

You can pay your COVID-19 benefit overpayments in full or arrange to pay what you owe over time. If you can only make a partial payment now, you should contact the CRA to set up an arrangement to pay the balance of your debt.

Make a payment

You can repay your COVID-19 benefit overpayments to CRA online, by mail, or in person.

Pay online

CRA My Account:

  •  Interac Debit
  • Visa Debit
  • Debit Mastercard
How to pay online with your CRA My Account
  1. Sign in to CRA My Account
  2. Find COVID-19 Support
  3. Select Send the money back (in the right column) to start your emergency support repayment

Keep a copy of your transaction receipt for your records.

Sign in to CRA My Account

CRA My Payment:

  •  Interac Debit
  • Visa Debit
  • Debit Mastercard
How to pay online with CRA My Payment

CRA My Payment lets you pay directly to the CRA with your bank card.

  1. Go to Pay now with My Payment
  2. Select the Pay now button
  3. Select payment type: Individual income tax (T1) in Step 1
  4. Select payment allocation: Canada emergency benefit repayment in Step 2 and follow the instructions

Keep a copy of your transaction receipt for your records.

Online banking:

  •  Canadian financial institutions
How to pay using your online banking service
  1. Sign in to your financial institution's online service
  2. Under "Add a payee", look for an option such as 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

Other online services:

  •  Credit card
  • Debit card
  • PayPal
  • Interac e-Transfer
How to pay online with PaySimply

PaySimply is a third-party service provider (service fees apply).

  1. Go to PaySimply (external link)
  2. Select Canada Emergency Benefit Repayment
  3. Fill in the Taxpayer Details and follow the instructions to complete the payment process
Pay by mail

Send a payment by mail:

  •  Cheque
  • Money order
  • Cash (not accepted)

How to pay with a Canadian cheque or money order

Cash is not accepted.

  1. Make the cheque or money order payable to Receiver General for Canada
  2. Specify the name of the benefit you are repaying
  3. Indicate which eligibility period you are repaying
  4. Include your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  5. Mail the cheque or money order to:
    • Revenue Processing – Repayment of CEB
      Sudbury Tax Centre
      1050 Notre Dame Avenue
      Sudbury ON P3A 0C3

If your payment is not honoured, the CRA will charge a fee.

If you have the original cheque

You may return it by mail to the address above.

Be sure to include:

  1. The reason for returning the cheque ("not entitled" or "overpayment")
  2. Your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Pay in person

Make a payment at Canada Post:

  •  Debit card
  • Cash

How to pay at a Canada Post location with a QR code

You need a QR code to pay at a Canada Post location (service fees apply).

  1. Create a QR code
  2. Bring your QR code to a Canada Post outlet to make your payment

If you cannot pay in full now

Contact the CRA to help you pay your COVID-19 benefit debt over time even if you are unable to pay right now. The CRA does not charge interest on COVID-19 benefit debts.

If the CRA has already contacted you about your debt, get details about collection of COVID-19 overpayments.

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