Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Low-Income Seniors to Receive Extra Money for Wrongfully Denied Benefits

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Low-Income Seniors to Receive Extra Money for Wrongfully Denied Benefits

Article excerpt

Low-income seniors get retroactive benefits

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OTTAWA - The federal government says it has paid out about $258 million to low-income seniors who were wrongly denied the guaranteed income supplement.

And it may pay out more: the government says it will cover cost-of-living increases so the payments keep track with inflation, and cover the value of any lost tax credits or benefits that arose because of a mistake eight years ago.

Exactly how much more the government will owe isn't clear.

In May 2015, the government began reviewing about 141,000 cases where benefits were not renewed between 2008 and 2013 because of late tax returns, excess earnings, changes in marital status or recipients leaving Canada for more than six months.

The guaranteed income supplement, or GIS, is a monthly non-taxable benefit provided to low-income seniors in Canada. …

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