Corporations Canada loosens requirements for electronic signatures on documents

This is one of those posts that will probably be of interest to very few people.  Many have probably not thought of the issue of electronic…

Blumbergs’ COVID-19 FAQs for Registered Charities and Non-profits

Blumbergs will soon be releasing a large number of FAQ pages on our website specifically for common questions and issues affecting Canadian…

Corporations Canada extends annual return deadlines to September 30, 2020 for federal non-profit corporations

On April 1, 2020, the Government of Canada announced that it is extending the deadline for filing annual returns for federal corporations. Annual…

Finance releases further information today on wage subsidy for business, non-profits and charities – more details to follow 

Finance today, April 1, 2020, released further information on wage subsidies for business, non-profits and charities.   The wage subsidy is about $71…

Ontario PGT has issued a “Statement on Accessing Restricted Purpose Trust Funds Prior to Obtaining a Court Order During the COVID19 Pandemic”

The Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee has issued a "Statement on Accessing Restricted Purpose Trust Funds Prior to Obtaining a Court Order During…

If your Canadian charity has assets/reserve and you don’t have a reserve fund policy you should stop fundraising

There is a backlash brewing against charities that are putting up desperate requests for funding but when people look at their annual report,…

CRA Charities Directorate announces extension of T3010 filing deadlines until December 31, 2020 in response to COVID-19

The CRA announced tonight that registered charities filing deadline for the T3010 that were or will be due from March 18, 2020 till December 31,…

Corona Virus/COVID-19 charity issues – cancelling events, refunds and the possibility of a charitable donation

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting charities in numerous ways.  In this short note, we will discuss cancelling events and refunding money or attempting…

A discount for Blumbergs online courses until April 1, 2020

Over the last year, Blumbergs has released 8 online courses.   In case you are interested we have provided over the next 2 weeks a 50% discount…

Blumbergs releases new Canadian Charity Legal Checklist for 2020 by Mark Blumberg

Here is an updated Canadian Charity Legal Checklist by Mark Blumberg.  It is a checklist for Canadian registered charities to assist them with…

With COVID-19 can you file your T3010 Registered Charity Information Return on time?

SEE NEW BLOG WITH UPDATES CRA Charities Directorate announces extension of T3010 filing deadlines till December 31, 2020 in response to COVID-19…

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp 2020 -now online

Blumbergs is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Blumbergs' Canadian Charity Law Boot Camp again on Monday, April 20, 2020. An easy enough…

Filing your T3010 for 2019 – more options for Canadian charities

Canadian registered charities now have more options when it comes to filing their T3010 for 2019.  The form can be filed electronically through the…

CRA revoking dormant charities

We recently put online CRA letters to registered charities that had been revoked over the last few years as a result of audit.   It was interesting…

Stats Can releases 2018 tax filer charity donation information for Canadians

Statistics Canada reported, "While fewer Canadian tax filers made charitable donations in 2018, they were more generous than in 2017."  They noted…

The TCC rejects abusive charitable gifting tax scheme in Tudora v. The Queen

On January 27, 2020, the Honourable Justice Ronald MacPhee of the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) rejected an appeal from Alexandru Tudora dealing with the…

Tax preparer given prison sentence for false charitable donation receipts

Here is a recent bulletin from CRA dealing with the problem of fraudulent official donation receipts.   Canada Revenue Agency Feb 07, 2020,…

Class action lawsuit certified for GLGI donation scheme

The Canadian Lawyer has an article Class action certified for "sham" charitable donation tax scheme.  It discusses the class action lawsuit against a…

Some initial issues for a new Canadian grantmaking foundation

Here is our article "Some initial issues for a new Canadian grantmaking foundation".   Hopefully, it will provide some ideas as to issues that new…

Mark Blumberg speaking at the 17th Annual Foundation, Endowment and Not for Profit Investment Summit

Mark Blumberg will be speaking on top compliance issues and transparency with investments at the 17th Annual Foundation, Endowment and Not for Profit…

Australian Wildfires and Canadian donors

We all see from the media the terrible wildfires in Australia.  Some Canadian donors or charities have wanted to assist with the relief and recovery…

Recent CRA letters of revocation for Canadian registered charities -2015-2018

Here are the CRA letters from a number of recent Canadian registered charity revocations.  These letters from CRA cover many different grounds for…

Mormon church has US$100 billion dollar fund and questions asked about it.

The Washington Post recently had an article entitled "Mormon Church has misled members on $100 billion tax-exempt investment fund, whistleblower…

Another exposé on super wealthy using DAFs in a way that raises lots of questions

There was recently an article in VOX entitled "Google’s Larry Page gave $400 million in Christmas donations. Not a penny went straight to charity.…