The Motley Fool

Canada Revenue Agency: $1 Billion in Unclaimed Cash

Image source: Getty Images

The Canada Revenue Agency might be holding onto some unclaimed cash with your name on it. Apparently, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has around $1 billion in unclaimed cash registered in its accounts. Some of this money could be rightfully yours.

There are a number of ways in which the Canada Revenue Agency could owe you money and yet you never receive it. If you moved away from an address where the CRA attempted to mail you a tax credit, then you may not have cashed the check. When this happens, the tax credit stays on the CRA’s books as unclaimed cash.

The best thing you can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to you is to set up a direct deposit with the Canada Revenue Agency. If it is too late for that, you can go online to the CRA’s web portal to see if they have unclaimed cash waiting for you.

Do you have unclaimed cash waiting for you?

When people transfer banks or forget about a second bank account to store away emergency funds, the Bank of Canada will receive this cash after 10 years. Luckily, Canada’s central bank set up a system for people to check to see if there is unclaimed cash waiting for them.

Likewise, other government agencies possess similar practices. The Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) also have a computer system in which you can search for unclaimed cheques from various social programs like the Canada Pension Plan or Old Age Security.

Investing your unclaimed cash from the CRA

Whether or not you have unclaimed cash waiting for you at the Canada Revenue Agency, it is always a good idea to save as much as you can. If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it is that we need to be prepared for the unexpected.

Thus, it is never too late to give your emergency fund a boost in your Tax-Free Savings Account. Alternatively, you can continue your investment journey toward retirement in your Registered Retirement Savings Plan.

A top stock to buy with your savings

Docebo (TSX:DCBO) might be a good technology stock to consider adding to your portfolio. This Sofware-as-a-Service (SaaS) firm offers e-learning solutions, which are already more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Docebo’s stock price is up to $52.67 per share from a 52-week low of $10.30. This is certainly not a value stock to buy with unclaimed cash from the CRA. The price-to-sales ratio is now 22.03. Moreover, the price-to-book ratio is 40.69.

Despite this incredible run, National Bank Financial still believes that this stock is undervalued:

“As noted, this is a fiercely competitive sector. Given that, one might ask how Docebo is better? From our research, we think it’s because the Company pursues the front of the innovation curve — particularly in AI and Social.”

Docebo is a promising growth stock, but it doesn’t come without risk. While demand has surged for technology solutions, not everyone sees the COVID-19-induced, home-based lifestyle as permanent.

Technology stocks have taken off at an incredible pace in the aftermath of the March 2020 market crash. Whether these companies will retain all the additional demand after the crisis is over is the main question. Before you accidentally buy an overpriced technology stock with cash from the CRA, fully research it and make an informed choice.

Just Released! 5 Stocks Under $49 (FREE REPORT)

Motley Fool Canada's market-beating team has just released a brand-new FREE report revealing 5 "dirt cheap" stocks that you can buy today for under $49 a share.
Our team thinks these 5 stocks are critically undervalued, but more importantly, could potentially make Canadian investors who act quickly a fortune.
Don't miss out! Simply click the link below to grab your free copy and discover all 5 of these stocks now.

Claim your FREE 5-stock report now!

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 Debra Ray has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

Two New Stock Picks Every Month!

Not to alarm you, but you’re about to miss an important event.

Iain Butler and the Stock Advisor Canada team only publish their new “buy alerts” twice a month, and only to an exclusively small group.

This is your chance to get in early on what could prove to be very special investment advice.

Enter your email address below to get started now, and join the other thousands of Canadians who have already signed up for their chance to get the market-beating advice from Stock Advisor Canada.