For almost a year now (long before COVID) CRA has not revoked one single charity as a result of audit!   Admittedly CRA typically in a year revokes only 20-30 charities for all sorts of problems from inappropriate receipting, terrorism, lack of direction and control, undue private benefits etc.  But we all know that out of the 86,000 there are a few “bad apples” that really are not charities or complying with the rules and it is best in my view that they not continue on as registered charities or they probably will sully the reputation of the charity sector.

CRA has now updated their website relating to businesses, individuals and charities.  Essentially in September 2020 charity appeals will continue, revocations will start up again for non-compliance, and outreach activities will resume.

 

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-business-resumption.html

CRA and COVID-19

The Government temporarily suspended some programs and services, including many collection and compliance activities, to support Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a commitment to resuming business activities, some of the CRA’s programs and services will return as of September 2020.

As a result, you may receive a call or letter from us, with a specific call to action.

 

  • SEPTEMBER 2020
     Appeals

    What we’re doing

    The CRA’s dispute resolution and taxpayer relief programs are resuming operations. We are currently contacting taxpayers who filed objections or CPP/EI appeals to the Minister, or who applied for relief of penalties and interest. We will also be activating CPP/EI rulings.

    We will strive to be flexible with deadlines to submit supporting documents, recognizing taxpayers’ unique circumstances. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the CRA’s electronic portals to submit documents.

    What this means for you

    • You may be contacted about a filed:
      • objection
      • CPP/EI appeal
      • application for relief of penalties and interest
    • There may be delays finalizing your request due to COVID-19. We appreciate your patience as we address all requests.

     

    Charity revocations

    Who is affected

    Charities

    What we’re doing

    The CRA’s Charities Directorate will begin processing revocations for failure to comply with the requirements of charity registration.

    What this means for you

    • Your charity may receive a letter by registered mail explaining the reasons why we intend to revoke your charity’s registration. The letter will also include your objection and appeal rights.
     

    Compliance activities

    Who is affected

    Individuals Businesses Charities

    What we’re doing

    As an agency, we are committed to providing a fair tax administration to Canadians. To ensure all taxpayers comply with their tax obligations, we will contact individuals and businesses that have not filed, or may have improperly filed their tax returns. Our compliance activities include:

    • individual income tax reviews
    • business compliance reviews
    • information audits
    • non-resident compliance activities

    What this means for you

    • If you have not filed your individual or business tax return, or may have filed improperly, you may receive a call or letter from the CRA.
    • We are taking an educational approach to help you file and correct your return.
    • Errors found may not result in a re-assessment, but rather in an information review where we can review any errors with you, so that they are corrected in future years.
    • In-person services are available like:
      • free tax clinics for individuals
      • the liaison officer service for businesses
    • You may receive an automated call from the CRA to remind you of upcoming business filing requirements.
     

    Outreach activities

    Who is affected

    Individuals Businesses Charities

    What we’re doing

    Outreach activities will continue but will follow physical distancing guidelines. Some of these activities include:

    • free virtual tax clinics
    • meetings with our outreach officers
    • the liaison officer service
    • the individual tax filing assistance initiative
    • the Charities Education Program (CEP)

    What this means for you

    • Activities may be offered virtually or in person.
    • You can request a CRA outreach visit.
    • If you have not filed your 2019 income tax and benefit return, you may receive a phone call from a CRA employee to assist you in filing your return.
    • Your charity may receive a call from the CRA for a CEP virtual visit.
    • The CRA may reach out to your business with information to assist you in meeting your compliance obligations.