Receiving texts or emails regarding the new grocery rebate program? Beware!

CRA warns of scams involving grocery rebates!

In the 2023-24 budget, the federal government announced that a one-time payment would be made to Canadians to help them meet inflationary increases in the cost of living. That payment – the “grocery rebate” – is to be paid in the spring of 2023.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently issued a warning to taxpayers of a scam relating to the grocery rebate program. As part of that scam, a text or email is being sent to Canadians asking them to click on a link and complete a form in order to claim the rebate.

The CRA warns that it does not, in any circumstances, communicate with taxpayers by text or email or on social media, and that all such messages should be deleted without responding. The Agency indicated that the “grocery rebate” will, like all similar payments from the federal government, be paid through direct deposit to the recipient’s bank account. Where the taxpayer has not authorized direct deposit, a cheque for the rebate will be sent by regular mail.

If you would like help with dealing with the CRA or would like to know more about taxable benefits, please feel free to call us at (905) 305-9722 or email us at and we will help you out!

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