You’ve diligently gathered your tax slips, tallied up your deductions, and even painstakingly calculated your work from home tax credit.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your income tax refund has been issued to you by cheque in previous years, it will never expire.
Any uncashed cheques from the CRA never expire or become “stale-dated.” If your cheque was stolen or destroyed, you could request a duplicate payment by contracting the CRA or signing into your My Account portal and select “Uncashed Cheques.”
Suppose you find an uncashed cheque and your financial institution is unwilling to cash it. In that case, you can mail the cheque to the Imaging and Receiver General Operations Directorate and ask to have the payment reissued.
Because you overpaid on your taxes, the government is giving you back that money in the form of a refund. This money is not taxable, as it represents money you’ve already earned, and the government has already collected the appropriate amount of taxes from you.
No, if you owe the government of Canada taxes if you have outstanding government debts like unpaid student loans, if you have a garnishment order under the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act, you will not receive a refund.
If you have other federal or provincial outstanding government debts like employment insurance or social assistance benefits overpayments, you will not receive a refund.