National Post “WE in hot water again — this time with the CRA over donation receipts”

In an article in the National Post entitled "WE in hot water again — this time with the CRA over donation receipts: WE's legal fees will be far in…

CRA increasingly emphasizing importance of separation between registered charities and non-qualified donees

In the last couple of weeks I have read two separate CRA notes on the importance of maintaining sufficient separation between a registered charity…

CRA warns about tax shelter gifting schemes and the consequences of participating

CRA recently sent out an email entitled "Warning: Watch out for tax shelter gifting schemes".  I am not sure if this is just regular communication or…

Successful finish for Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021 (Online)

On April 21, 2021 we had our Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2021.   It is the second Boot Camp that we have conducted online and our tenth…

2021 Canadian Federal Budget – How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

A lot has changed in 2 years when the last Federal budget was delivered. Today, Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced a Federal…

If a charity official donation receipt does not have all mandatory elements then it can be invalid

In a recent Federal Court of Appeal case called Kueviakoe v. Canada, the court decided that an official donation receipt lacking certain basic or…

CRA updates charitable activities page to include public policy dialogue and development activities (PPDDA) and Third Party Election Advertising

Recently CRA updated their post on charitable activities to highlight the ability of charities to carrying out public policy dialogue and development…

The Charities Directorate of CRA announces new webinars on gifting and receipting on March 30 and March 31.

Here is an announcement from CRA relating to new webinars dealing with gifting and receipting on March 30 and March 31, 2021. . Charities…

Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector – more thoughts

After my very disappointing first read of the “Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector” which was just released last Friday here…

Revised P113 – Gifts and Income Tax 2020 – deals with tax benefits of donating to charities

2020 was a turbulent year.   The CRA has updated their document P113 – Gifts and Income Tax for 2020.  The P113 is a helpful guide to the tax…

In 2021 T3010s will be due within 6 months of the end of a charity’s fiscal year, unlike 2020.

In 2020 CRA gave an extension to many charities to deal with the unexpected events around COVID.  In 2021, unless the situation changes drastically,…

Updated CRA Form AUT-01 Authorize a Representative for Offline Access from CRA for charities and others

CRA has published a newer version of Form AUT-01 Authorize a Representative for Offline Access in late December 2020.  The Form AUT-01 can be used by…

CRA releases the Report on the Charities Program 2018 to 2020

The CRA recently released the Report on the Charities Program 2018 to 2020. If you are very interested in the charity sector in Canada you might find…

CBC “Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.’s COVID-19 rules in court”

The CBC's Jason Proctor wrote an article today on "Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom as churches set to fight B.C.'s COVID-19 rules in…

Canadian charities can have relationships with non-charities but need to have adequate separation

We recently did a course entitled Multiple Corporate Structures for Canadian For-Profits, NPOs, + Charities to Enhance Flexibility and Impact.…

Happy Holidays from the OECD – a very interesting report on different countries and how they treat philanthropy and charities

An interesting report from the OECD on charities in many different countries recently was published. It was given a really exciting title namely…

Another version of CRA’s guidance on advancement of religion released in an access to information request

We have been blogging about CRA's draft guidance "Advancement of religion and charitable registration" in 2009, 2017 and 2018.   Essentially CRA has…

CRA Ministerial Welcome Package – excerpts dealing with charities

We recently received a copy of the CRA Ministerial Welcome Package which is dated November 2019. There are a number of references to charities…

Why does CRA ask about charitable “activities” and not just about charitable “purposes”

In a recent CRA document, we obtained that was released through access to information, it provides a good explanation of why CRA cares about…

CRA document “Purposes Not Being Furthered” dealing with charity applications without adequate information on activities

About 4000 groups apply each year to the Charities Directorate of CRA to receive registered charitable status and about 46% obtain that status.  The…

Mark Blumberg’s testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on CSSG/WE Charity Scandal

On Friday, December 11, 2020 I gave testimony to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) on the CSSG and We…

CRA revokes as a result of audit first 2 charities in over a year

The CRA has revoked its first two registered charities in over a year.  Actually, over 13 months not one charity has been revoked.  Some think that…

CRA updates guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities – only minor changes

The CRA has updated their guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.  There were only minor changes to the…

CRA releases foreign activity guidance after multi-year delays as well as guidance on intermediaries working in Canada

CRA released today the updated guidance CG-002, Canadian registered charities carrying on activities outside Canada.  Essentially, this guidance…