CRA publishes warning on issuing official donation receipts for gifts of services by Charities

July 04, 2009 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: Canadian Charity Law

CRA has just published a reminder to charities that “Issuing receipts Caution: Gifts of services.  A registered charity is not permitted to issue an official donation receipt for a gift of service. At law, a gift is a voluntary transfer of property. Gifts of services (donated time, skills, or efforts) provided to a charity are not property, and therefore do not qualify as gifts for the purposes of issuing official donation receipts.”

You can see the CRA page on receipting at:

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/prtng/rcpts/menu-eng.html


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