Did you apply for one of the CRA’s Emergency Benefit programs to help cover costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic?
Do you fear that you may not have been eligible for the program for which you applied?
Throughout 2020, the Canadian Federal Government introduced various programs to buoy Canadian businesses, workers and organizations through the economic turmoil caused by COVID-19.
Those programs include:
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB);
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB);
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB);
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB);
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS);
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS); and
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
Recipients of CERB may have already received a questionnaire asking for more information about the claims filed by the applicant. This is the first stage in the audit process and the answers you provide could later be used by the CRA to invalidate your claim.
For the other Emergency Benefit programs, audits will likely begin shortly. Audits are the first stage in the CRA’s dispute resolution process, and are central to determining the end result of the dispute.
If you think you may be subject to an audit because of your participation in one of Canada’s Emergency Benefit programs, it may be wise to begin preparing your audit defense.
Contact a lawyer at Rosen Kirshen Tax Law to find out the best course of action for your current stage in the Emergency Benefit audit process.
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