There were a couple of new features of note for the CRA My Account that took place in 2020.
Starting in February 2020, the CRA soft-launched a new feature in CRA My Account. In an effort to help taxpayers collect on money they were sent but did not cash, for whatever the reason, the new “Uncashed Cheques” link in the Related Services Section, will advise you if there is any money owed to you. Don’t be disappointed if there is nothing there for you, if you’ve signed up for direct deposit, odds are you didn’t have the opportunity for a missed payment.
This “surprise” payment is to many like finding $50 in last year’s winter coat, an unexpected and pleasant surprise; for others, this could even be thousands of dollars of unexpected payments waiting to be collected. No matter how big or small the amount, you don’t want to miss out on payments or refunds as then you’re missing out on spending (or investing) your own money. Happily, this new feature will start putting that money back into our pockets and keep us informed if payments have gone missing.
Why might you have money owing to you here?
- You were not set up for a direct deposit for quick payments
- You moved and didn’t update the CRA of your move and a payment or refund was issued
- Your cheque was lost, stolen, or destroyed
Government cheques never stale date, meaning they can be cashed no matter how old they are, unlike a personal cheque. The issue is, if you don’t have the cheque, you can’t cash it. Now, we can get those missing funds reissued with a few simple clicks.
How do you find out what is owed to you?
- If you don’t have access yet, sign up by visiting HERE
- In Overview, under Related Services, select Uncashed Cheques
If you have uncashed cheques, follow the instructions provided to have the payments reissued.
Tip! Going forward set up direct deposit so you don’t have to worry about missing or losing a payment. Refunds are received faster and you won’t be missing out on earning interest on your money or putting it to good use.
BC Services Card
The BC Services Card identification can now be used as a credential to log into your CRA My Account. This card is provided by the BC government for access to government services.
Even if you already have an existing CRA My Account login, you can use that, or, for BC residents, you can now also use your BC Services Card.
You can check out all the benefits of having a CRA My Account in this TurboTax link: Benefits of the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Account Service
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