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Nearly 9 million Canadians have $1.4 billion in uncashed CRA checks. Could you be one of them?

Good news from the Canada Revenue Agency for a change? Now that is a pleasure.

Over the next month, the CRA, Canada’s tax agency, says it will begin sending reminders to tens of thousands of Canadians letting them know they’re owed money they haven’t yet claimed.

On Monday, the CRA said it has about $1.4 billion worth of uncashed checks on its books, some of which are due as far back as 1998. As of May, 8.9 million Canadians had some type of uncashed check attached to their name. . The median amount owed is $158, the tax agency said.

While the CRA handles billions of dollars in taxes and refunds each year, not all of it reaches the Canadians who are entitled to receive it, mainly because people lose checks or change addresses, which means they never get paid. They received them in the first place.

“We want to make sure this money ends up where it belongs. In taxpayers’ pockets!” the tax agency said.

The CRA said it will soon notify approximately 25,000 recipients of Canada’s child benefit and related provincial/territorial programs, GST/HST credit and Alberta energy tax refund if money is owed to them, and that another two groups of 25,000 will be notified this November and in May 2023.

But if you think you may be one of those lucky Canadians, you might want to be a little more proactive. read more

You can check if you have uncollected Canadian Revenue Agency payments by logging in or registering for a CRA account online. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Customers cry as Air Canada and WestJet continue to deny certain compensation claims despite new directive

Judging by the abundant anecdotal evidence, flying has been a bit of a headache lately.

Long flight delays and crew shortages have caused chaos at many Canadian airports.

But a recent decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) was supposed to help clear up at least one source of frustration: rules about compensating flights.

In issuing a decision in a WestJet case on July 8, the transportation regulator clarified that airlines generally cannot deny passengers compensation for flight disruptions caused by crew shortages.

However, the clarification has only ignited the fury of some passengers, including Frank Michel, who was denied compensation by Air Canada, and Jennifer Peach, who was denied compensation by WestJet, due to crew shortages and restrictions and safety concerns. .

“It’s insulting,” said Michel of Marquis, Sask.

Under federal rules, airlines only have to pay compensation, up to $1,000 per passenger, if the flight disruption is under the airline’s control and not safety related.

WestJet and Air Canada declined to comment on individual cases, but both said they comply with federal air passenger regulations. WestJet said safety is its top priority. Air Canada said airlines should not be penalized for canceling flights for safety reasons.

But Michel says the company is not following the rules.

“CTA has already made it clear that crew limitations are not an acceptable excuse,” he said. “It’s not a security issue. It’s a management issue. You have to manage your resources.” read more

Leigh and Frank Michel of Marquis, Sask., were denied compensation by Air Canada after flight disruptions in June left them sleeping on the floor of an airport. (Frank Michael)

You tip your barber, but what about your mechanic? It may just be a matter of time

You probably tip the person who cuts your hair. Should you do the same with the person who is fixing your car?

Customers are increasingly seeing a tip option at card payment machines in industries where tips were never previously part of the cost, from auto shops to fast-food giants.

The phenomenon, known as “tip creep,” is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some consumers, who have vented online about asking if they want to pay an additional 15 percent or more on top of the price of a takeout pizza, a oil change or propane tank refill.

“Tipping is spreading to a lot more places right now, so before we wouldn’t have been asked to tip, now it seems to be much more common,” says Simon Pek, associate professor at the Gustavson School at the University of Victoria. of Business that investigates tipping practices.

As customers stop carrying cash, it’s easier than ever for any business to ask for a little extra money by adding the automatic prompt, what psychologists call a “tip nudge,” to their card payment machine. .

Inflation can also be a factor. Business owners, for example, may consider adding a tip button as a way to give in to workers’ demands for higher wages without necessarily hurting their bottom line.

“We’ll still see a lower sticker price, we’ll still buy the product and then add 10 to 20 percent – it can be frustrating, but people still end up doing it, and that’s usually cheaper for a company than having to pay those salaries,” Pek said. read more

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With fewer customers carrying cash, businesses are moving away from the traditional tip jar at the counter to add a tip option to their card payment machines. Here, a tip jar is displayed in a Vancouver cafe on April 30, 2019. (Jan Zeschky/CBC)

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