The federal government sent reminders to some 63,000 seniors this week reminding them that if they don’t file their 2019 tax returns shortly, they might see a stoppage on benefits they rely on.
To continue receiving these benefits beyond January 1, seniors who have yet to file will need to do so.
Usually, taxes are due at the end of April, but due to COVID-19, the government delayed the tax filing deadline to the end of June to accommodate people’s needs.
The deadline was extended again to October, and pledged uninterrupted benefits for GIS recipients until December regardless of filing.
Returns are how the government determines eligibility for payments as well as amounts, like the GIS which low-income seniors receive.
Without it, seniors receiving the income top-up will find the payment taps closed until they provide the needed information.