Written by Ally Paige
Some Saskatchewan residents are still checking their mailboxes on a regular basis, in anticipation of receiving their one time 500-dollar Saskatchewan Affordability Tax Credit (SATC).
Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance, said in a statement to Swift Current Online, that more cheques will be in the mail by mid-January.
“Cheques will be in the mail by January 13, 2023, for 2021 income tax returns that were filed and assessed by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by October 23, 2022,” explained Director of Communications for the Ministry of Finance, Deb Clark. “Once the Ministry of Finance receives the data for those who filed with CRA between October 24-31, 2022, those cheques will be printed and prepared for mail out.”
The Government of Saskatchewan’s website states that many cheques have been returned due to the ministry due to incorrect addresses.
The addresses used for the SATC are based on tax returns from the CRA. Anyone who has changed addresses since filing their taxes and hasn’t received their SATC should email their updated address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark added that the Ministry is doing their best to keep up with the number of inquiries they are receiving.
“The toll-free tax information line has received nearly 50,000 calls and has been exceptionally busy over the past week,” she explained. “The Ministry has hired temporary staff and shifted resources to keep up. We have also worked with SaskTel on the call centre lines. As of this week, callers can leave a voicemail if the agents are busy. They can also email inquiries to email@example.com”
She also stated that the Ministry is currently awaiting tax returns from the CRA.
“Currently there are tax returns received by the CRA that haven’t been assessed or provided to us,” she continued. “We expect to receive further information from the CRA as they process these returns. We cannot speculate on CRA’s timelines but will work with them to get the information as quickly as possible.”