There's nothing else that can brighten up your day quite like finding free money. Luckily, the Canada Revenue Agency has a new feature for Canadians to uncover cash they might not have known about. Some people have even found thousands of dollars.
Although the online tool was only soft-launched by the CRA, it didn't come to people's attention until it was publicized by Twitter user @3rdPeriodSuits.
"FYI My Account on the CRA website has a section of 'uncashed cheques'. Highly suggest checking to see if you’ve got any. I had 105 dollars from 2017," the tweet read.
The tool is easy to find if you have an online account with Revenue Canada. All you have to do is log in through the "My Account" portal and find the "uncashed cheques" option under "Related Services."
There, you can see just how much money you might still be owed from the government in cheques that were never cashed or deposited.
Some people have even found money they were owed from as far back as 2012.
Twitter user @RackiBerg responded to the original tweet with a screenshot showing multiple amounts owed from 2011 and 2012, with $665 being the largest amount.
@3rdPeriodSuits Buddy.........I could kiss you right now. https://t.co/PUw7ddIgQW— Leafer Madness (@Leafer Madness) 1582815182.0
"Buddy.........I could kiss you right now," the tweet read.
FYI My Account on the CRA website has a section of “uncashed cheques”. Highly suggest checking to see if you’ve… https://t.co/HiVf9hguk7— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@Platinum Seat Ghosts) 1582811892.0
Another reply from Twitter user @ChrisMatthewsMD said, "Found over $6k from 2011 thanks to the CBC article on your tweet. Thanks!"
The CRA gives taxpayers the option of having paper cheques mailed to them or receiving money through direct deposit.
@3rdPeriodSuits Found over $6k from 2011 thanks to the CBC article on your tweet. Thanks!— Christopher Matthews (@Christopher Matthews) 1582915006.0
As the organization cannot void any cheques that might have been lost due to changes of address or other circumstances, they cannot send out a new one unless a person requests them.
If you're not sure if the government owes you money, you should definitely take a look. It beats digging for change in the couch cushions.