Tax Measures Under Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Most debt collection activities were suspended until September 30, 2020. Most collection activities resumed on October 1, 2020. Provincial staff are available to assist taxpayers to arrange flexible payment options.
The Federal government will continue to pay benefits for an additional three months to those who are not able to file their 2019 income tax returns on time, and this will also apply to the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit payments for July to September 2020.
On April 2, 2020, the Province announced a three-month exemption with regard to all federal EI benefits, including the CERB, for people already receiving income or disability assistance at that time. This exemption, which now includes the CESB (effective May 1, 2020), has been extended for the duration of these federal emergency support programs. Therefore, eligible people will continue to fully benefit without any reductions to their monthly income or disability assistance payments.
For individuals receiving Income Assistance (“IA”) and Disability Assistance (“DA”), whether or not they are eligible for EI or the CERB, the Province automatically provided a $300 COVID-19 crisis supplement on their cheques as of April 2020. The program, which was originally intended to last two months, has been extended an additional four months for those who are not receiving federal benefits like the CERB, This supplement will continue to be provided to low-income seniors receiving the BC Senior’s Supplement as well as income and disability assistance recipients residing in special care facilities. No action is required from recipients. The temporary $300 crisis supplement will continue to be automatically applied to cheques distributed on September 23, 2020, October 21, 2020, November 18, 2020 and December 16, 2020.
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