CRA’s Factors that will prevent an organization from being registered as a charity

CRA just put out a easy to read and understand list of “Factors that will prevent an organization from being registered as a…

Charity Scams in Canada – Costing Us All A Lot

Here is some statistical information on Charity Scams - Costing Us All A Lot.  Just to give some perspective far more funds flow to charity tax…

T3010B – New CRA Canadian Charity Information Return for 2009

The Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency has revised their form T3010A with a new form called the T3010B, and it is supposed to be used…

Millennium Charitable Foundation Case – Federal Court (FCA) not impressed with charity tax shelters

The Millennium Charitable Foundation Case deals with abusive charitable gifting schemes.  The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) sided with CRA in…

Canada Revenue Agency Charities Directorate Update November 2009

This CRA Charities Directorate Update presented in November 2009 provides some interesting information and statistics on compliance issues for the…

Political Activities and Canadian Charities -Some CRA Policies and letters on political activities

Most of CRA’s view on political activities by Canadian charities can be found in Policy Statement CPS-022 Political Activities. (see Political…

CRA calls an apple an apple – Project Trident

CRA has launched a new initiative called “Project Trident” in which they are targeting the “Triple Threat Tax Fraud” namely…

Draft of new T3010B Registered Charity Information Return released

Here is part of a draft of the new T3010B which was included in a recent Bulletin of the CCCC.  This part relates to the T3010B questions on…

Recent case on Canadian registered charity and business activities -Hostelling International Canada

This article deals with the recent Canadian Federal Court of Appeal case Hostelling International Canada – Ontario East Region in which the Federal…

New CRA Application for Registered Charity Status (T2050) and Guide (T4063)  finally arrived

The CRA has released an updated T2050 - Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act and it is located at…

CRA improves functionality for search of Canadian registered charities database

The Charities Directorate has vastly improved its section of the CRA website over the last year, although it still has a way to go!.  In the…

Do we have too many registered charities in Canada?

So, Are there enough charities in Canada? According to the CRA website there are currently 83,500 registered charities in Canada.  There are…

CRA Warning to charities: no lending of charitable registration numbers

CRA has prominently posted the following warning on its website: Under no circumstances should a registered charity lend its registration number to…

How Much Should A Canadian Charity Spend on Overhead such as Fundraising and Administration?

Here is my updated article on “How Much Should A Canadian Charity Spend on Overhead This note discusses why low overhead may not be a good thing for…

Redeemer Foundation v. M.N.R. (F.C.A.)- Federal Court agrees with CRA on audit powers with charities

This case dealt with whether the Charities Directorate of CRA requires judicial authorization to request certain information from a registered…

Banyan Tree Foundation, law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain sued for $55m in class action lawsuit

The law firm of Scarfone Hawkins LLP in Hamilton has recently brought a class action lawsuit against a number of parties for their involvement with…

Has the regulation of Canadian charities operating outside of Canada become increasingly burdensome?

I often read commentators talking about the ‘increased burden’ placed by Canada Revenue Agency on Canadian charities operating abroad or the…

Fundraising Policy for Canadian Registered Charities by CRA

Here is my article which discusses the Consultation on Proposed Policy on Fundraising by Canadian Registered Charities (RC4456-e). Here is a link to…

Regulation of Charitable Giving in Canada –A Presentation by Blaine Langdon

Here is a presentation by Blaine Langdon, Senior Policy Officer, of the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency entitled Regulation of…

CRA’s 10 reasons why an application for Canadian charitable status will not be successful

The CRA recently posted their top ten list of why applications for charitable status will not be successful.  It was placed in a Consultation…

CRA Issues Notice of Suspension to International Charity Association Network

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/newsroom/releases/2007/nov/nr071129-e.html News release CRA Issues Notice of Suspension to International Charity…

Resources and Links for Canadian Charities conducting Foreign Activities

Here are some handy resources and links for Canadian Charities conducting activities outside of Canada. www.GlobalPhilanthropy.ca CANADA REVENUE…