CRA Update: Extra $300 COVID-19 Tax Break

You may have seen a sudden influx of cash from the CRA recently, but it’s only coming to you once. So, make the best of it by investing!

| More on:
Various Canadian dollars in gray pants pocket

Image source: Getty Images

Parents may have seen some extra cash in their bank accounts recently. On May 20, eligible individuals who’d already receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) saw an increase to that benefit from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). These Canadians received a one-time payment of an extra $300 per child on May 20, 2020. After this payment, the CCB will go back to normal. However, the extra cash hopefully helps parents get through this already tough time with their kids at home.

There is, of course, the option to use this money to entertain your kids. After all, is there really such thing as too many bubble blowers? In all likelihood, it’s not like you can use the money to hire a tutor or a babysitter right now. So, it might be a far better option to invest that money toward your child’s future.

Small but mighty

The $300 from CRA might not seem like a lot, but given time, even a small investment like this can grow into something huge. I get that right now you’re likely one of the many Canadians who need every cent they have to get through this financial crisis. However, statistics Canada recently announced almost 290,000 new jobs created last month.

That means it’s very likely that you could soon be back to work or working more than you were in the first half of this year. So, now is a great time to start creating either a solid emergency fund for another rainy day or to use this fund to create a nest egg for your child.

A great option to consider right now are blue-chip companies. The banking industry in particular is a great choice. During the last recession, Canadian banks fared as some of the best in the world coming out of the market crash. Within a year’s time, the banks were trading at pre-crash prices. If you’re going to buy one of the Big Six banks, I would recommend Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY)(NYSE:RY).

Royal Bank

Royal Bank offers investors a few things. The company has a presence not only in Canada and the United States but also in the emerging markets of Latin America. This offers a diversified portfolio and means the stock should rebound before its peers. Its exposure to the United States in particular should help the bank rebound, as the U.S. should be ahead of other countries after the financial crisis is over.

The bank continues to see funds come in from the highly lucrative wealth and commercial management sector. Both of these areas should continue to bring in cash while the company sees a downturn in the Canadian markets.

Right now, Royal Bank is a great choice for investors. As of writing, the stock trades at about $91.50. That’s a huge fall from a share price near $110 just a couple months ago. This fall could continue, as the Canadian banking industry is still struggling. But, as an investor, you should be thinking long term, and a year isn’t all that long. That means the stock has a potential upside of about 20% to reach pre-crash prices. On top of that, Royal Bank offers a 4.81% dividend yield for shareholders.

Bottom line

For my kids, I would highly consider taking that $300 from CRA, buying Royal Bank stock, and using the dividends to reinvest in the bank for years to come. Let’s say you’re the average Canadian parent who has about two kids. Even if you didn’t add a single cent to that investment, 20 years from now your original $600 with dividends reinvested could be worth $9,290.90. That’s not a bad nest egg from a couple hundred bucks.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Amy Legate-Wolfe owns shares of ROYAL BANK OF CANADA.

More on Bank Stocks

Young woman sat at laptop by a window
Bank Stocks

Could BMO Stock Be a Big Winner in 2023?

Long-term investors should take a closer look at BMO stock as a potential core holding, especially on dips.

Read more »

IMAGE OF A NOTEBOOK WITH TFSA WRITTEN ON IT
Tech Stocks

TFSA Passive Income: How I’m Investing to Make $2,000/Year From Dividends

I am increasing my dividend income by investing in dividend stocks like the Toronto-Dominion Bank.

Read more »

Make a choice, path to success, sign
Bank Stocks

Of the Big 6 Bank Stocks: Buy This, Not That

CIBC (TSX:CM) is an interesting Big Six bank stock to buy right now.

Read more »

question marks written reminders tickets
Bank Stocks

Could BNS Stock Be a Big Winner in 2023?

Bank of Nova Scotia stock still appears oversold. Is now the right time to buy?

Read more »

Gold medal
Bank Stocks

Could TD Stock Be a Big Winner in 2023?

TD stock is still down from the 2022 highs. Is this a good time to buy?

Read more »

Bank sign on traditional europe building facade
Bank Stocks

Is Now the Right Time to Buy Banking Stocks?

TD Bank stock is still riding high, despite the very difficult environment that it and all banking stocks are facing…

Read more »

Payday ringed on a calendar
Bank Stocks

How to Create $500 in Passive Income Each and Every Month

Combining your TFSA with a covered call ETF can create some very lucrative passive-income streams.

Read more »

woman data analyze
Bank Stocks

BNS Stock: Here’s What’s Coming in 2023

Here's what investors and market participants should look for in 2023 when it comes to Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS)…

Read more »