No receipt required for Microsoft class action claims; Homeworking Tax Relief: CBC Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Did you spend most of the year working from home? Tax relief could happen to you

If you were fired from the office in March for working from home, chances are you are entitled to a new tax deduction. Under the new rules from the Canada Revenue Agency, those who have worked from home more than 50 percent of the time in a period of at least four consecutive weeks following the pandemic will be entitled to a deduction. Eligible individuals will be able to claim $ 2 for each day of homework during this period, up to a maximum of $ 400. Read more

The CRA has developed a new way for Canadians to claim a tax deduction for working from home. (Submitted by Sandy Mangat)

You will not need a receipt to benefit from this class action

If you purchased a PC version of Microsoft software between 1998 and 2010, you may be entitled to compensation. And depending on the size of your claim, you won’t even need a receipt. The lawsuit alleged that Microsoft and Microsoft Canada were involved in a conspiracy to illegally increase the prices of the company’s products. Microsoft has agreed to a settlement – capped at $ 517 million – but denies any wrongdoing and has not admitted responsibility. Read more

One of the largest class action settlements in Canada could be worth money in your pocket. 2:21

These nursing homes have the highest COVID-19 death rates in Ontario

Not all for-profit long-term care homes in Ontario are created equal when it comes to COVID-19, according to a new survey and analysis of market data. The analysis found that homes in Southbridge and Rykka had higher death rates than other for-profit homes in the province. Read more

Protesters gather outside the Hawthorne Place Care Center in Toronto on May 31, 2020. The home is owned by Rykka Care Centers, a chain of nursing homes with one of the highest COVID-19 death rates in Ontario. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press)

Amazon opens pickup depot in Iqaluit, promising significantly faster shipping

The new partnership with Canadian North will reduce delivery times for Amazon Prime members from two to three weeks, to three to five days. Many Iqaluit shoppers trust the company, which offers items such as non-perishable foods, toothpaste, tampons and deodorant at significantly lower prices than local physical stores, with the prices being driven by shipping costs, staff salaries and electricity. invoices. But like Iqaluit Coun. Kyle Sheppard acknowledged that those without a credit card, bank account or spare money for a Prime membership will still not be able to benefit from the deal. Read more

Back in the fall, Marketplace investigated Amazon returns.

Hidden cameras and secret GPS trackers reveal that some products returned to Amazon Canada are liquidated by the truck and even destroyed or sent to landfill. 11:27

What else is going on?

Canada Post increases parcel delivery times amid unprecedented holiday demand
Canada Post delivered a record 1.1 million packages last weekend.

Strict controls on COVID-19 vaccine can limit queues for well-connected people
The NHL has come under fire following a report that it was looking to purchase doses of the vaccine.

Ontario retirement homes push for mandatory COVID-19 testing for caregivers and support workers
The number of epidemics in nursing homes has increased by 70% since September, according to the regulator.

Federal sickness benefit payments do not match peak in COVID-19 cases
The government predicted 4.9 million workers may need sick leave, but fewer than 250,000 have received benefits so far.

These deli meats have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination
If you have Compliments brand Montreal smoked meat or Levitts brand corned beef and New York style pastrami in your fridge, check the dates.

Happy Marketplace Holidays

It has been a year like no other and we are grateful for the support of our viewers.

Thanks to your guidance, we were able to do what we do best throughout the year.

In recent months, Marketplace investigated what happens to Amazon returns; the crisis in long-term care homes; appliance repair scams; the virtually unregulated trade in puppy imports; struggle for airline reimbursements during the pandemic; racism in the oil sands; soaring prices in the event of a pandemic; and the best and most effective face masks to protect you from COVID-19.

We will be back in the New Year with new stories and new investigations.

Happy Holidays!

-The Marketplace Team

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