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Be ready for CEWS audits

In response to the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS“) in April 2020, one of the largest tax programs in the country’s history, to help companies retain or recall their employees.

In the summer of 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) announced that significant resources would be devoted to audit employers that have claimed the CEWS, leaving no doubt that the CRA was getting serious about enforcement. In September 2020, the CRA moved from words to actions as the first of these audits have already started, as may be seen from a copy of such CRA CEWS audit letter here.

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