Topics: What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Applying for Registered Charity Status, Receipting by Canadian Registered Charities
Last year CRA moved their website from www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/ to the super cool https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/charities.html Ok it was not CRA moving their website but they were dragged kicking and screaming to the Government of Canada website. Giant waste of time and necessitating many non-profit and charitable organizations having to update links etc. Well I was wondering when CRA was going to tell registered charities that they should update their official donation receipts to reflect the new address. All official donation receipts are supposed to have certain mandatory information including the "Name and website of the Canada Revenue Agency". Well then I saw it.
It was a tweet from @canrevagency and it read "#CRAcharities: Our website address has changed to http://canada.ca/charities-giving …. #Charities and qualified donees must update the website on their official donation receipts. http://ow.ly/EXNv30ilJtT"
Please note the word "must". And it came just one day after Valentines Day. What a downer. Even more confusing on their "Sample Official Donation Page" which is on the new website Canada.ca website it says "Name and website of the Canada Revenue Agency We recommend using www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charitiesandgiving." [my emphasis] Hoping that CRA will update that page to keep their advice consistent.
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.