Return or repay a payment Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Why you would send the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) back

You must return or repay the CESB if you:

  • are able to find work and are earning more than $1,000 (before taxes) during an eligibility period you’ve applied for
  • applied for CESB and later found that you are not eligible
  • received more than what you are entitled to

Impact on your taxes

  • The CESB is taxable. This means you will need to report any amounts you received from the CESB on next year’s income tax return.
  • You will receive a T4A tax slip for the amount of CESB you receive. The tax slip will also be available in your CRA My Account for the 2020 tax year.
  • If you repay the CESB before December 31, 2020, the CRA won't include the amount you’ve repaid on your T4A slip.

How to return or repay the CESB

  • You can return or repay your CESB payment online or by mail.

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