With 2021 just around the corner, thousands of Canadians are facing CERB repayments — some of which could cost up to $12,000.
Earlier this month, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revealed that hundreds of thousands of claimants had been contacted about repaying the benefit, including self-employed people and students.
Canadians have been contacted
Speaking to CBC News, one student revealed that he owes $12,000 in CERB repayments after he claims the CRA led him to believe that he qualified for the money.
Alex Coucopoulos, who studies at the University of Ottawa, received a letter from the agency advising him to pay the debt before 2021, although it said there would be no penalties or interest charged on a later payment if he made an "honest mistake."
Avery Miller, who is a yoga instructor, also owes the CRA $12,000 in CERB returns.
“We are literally just taking this $500 a week and scraping by, and now to think about having to pay back this $12,000 over the next few years is pretty scary,” she said.
Similarly, earlier this month, a P.E.I. woman found out that she owed over $18,000 to the government for incorrectly-claimed COVID-19 benefits.