Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Couple Asked by CRA to Prove They Have Children a Second Time

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Couple Asked by CRA to Prove They Have Children a Second Time

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Couple asked to prove they have kids again


SASKATOON - A Saskatchewan couple has two boys, four car seats and a nanny but they're being asked by the Canada Revenue Agency to prove that their children exist -- again.

Devin Dubois and his wife got a letter telling them to prove that they have children or their child benefits would be cut off. But Dubois says the CRA has the information in its possession because the couple got the same letter in 2014.

"It's not that there's anything new in our 2015 tax returns. These are the same two kids that we've always claimed. I don't know what the CRA thinks has happened between now and then," said Dubois.

"I don't know what more proof positive we really could provide."

Dubois says in 2014 he provided proof of their Canadian citizenship, social insurance numbers, child-care receipts and property tax details.

He also sent notarized copies of his driver's licence, law society membership and Costco membership. There was also a lengthy letter, with a touch of sarcasm.

"If our kids haven't existed for the past three and a half years, why the hell are we so tired? And why are we consistently doing laundry, why is our house a disaster and why are there raisins and Pepperidge Farms goldfish ground into our carpets, car-seats and couches?," he wrote.

The documentation was accepted by the government.

That's why the Saskatoon dad says it's "absolutely ridiculous" for the CRA to ask for the information again.

"They actually have this information, so to send a letter saying benefits and the tax credits you requested won't be granted unless you prove all of this, this is my problem with it, is that it's silly and it's flippant and it's not necessary," he said.

The revenue agency says on its website that people must reply to the letter or their child and family benefits could be terminated and they might have to repay benefits already received. …

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