Audit demanded after more than 800,000 ineligible people get CERB

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Part of a cheque for the $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Toronto Sun | James Alexander Michie

Part of a cheque for the $2,000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a taxable award from the Canadian government made every four weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19, is seen in Toronto, April 16, 2020. PHOTO BY CHRIS HELGREN /REUTERS

A Conservative MP says Canada Revenue Agency has some explaining to do after more than 800,000 ineligible people got Canada emergency response benefit cheques.

CRA’s own records — filed in an inquiry of ministry tabled in the House of Commons — show 823,850 people who didn’t file a tax return in the past year received $2,000 monthly CERB cheques at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $1.7 billion, according to Blacklock’s Reporter.

“I find it remarkable,” Conservative MP Kelly McCauley said.

“This is a huge amount. People were losing their homes and really needed help, but claims were made by others who were either ineligible or didn’t really need it. I want the government to do a proper, transparent audit of this. We just owe it to taxpayers.”

The federal government approved paying CERB to unemployed tax filers who made at least $5,000 in 2019.

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Source: Postmedia News | Toronto Sun

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