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Gone but not forgotten, CRA enforces $422 million in unpaid MSP bills

FILE - The Canada Revenue Agency headquarters in Ottawa is shown on November 4, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Summary

As of Jan. 1, MSP premiums are no longer, but that doesn't mean anyone is off the hook for previous unpaid bills

Over the years, the unpaid MSP premium total has added up and now amounts to $422 million owed to the province

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — If you’ve got some outstanding payments for MSP premiums, you may be getting a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency soon.

As of Jan. 1, MSP premiums are no longer, but that doesn’t mean anyone is off the hook for previous unpaid bills.

RELATED: British Columbians will no longer pay MSP premiums come 2020

Over the years, the unpaid MSP premium total has added up and now amounts to $422 million owed to the province.

The Canada Revenue Agency is sending out letters to those who need to settle up — informing them outstanding MSP premium payments will be deducted from any tax credits or refunds you would otherwise be entitled to.


The province assures us the bulk of the unpaid money is historical — and not a case of people recently deciding not to pay in the lead up to the payment’s elimination.

Those with low incomes are eligible for retroactive payment assistance.