According to CRA “Thanks to changes in processes, more resources, and the dedication of staff and management in the Directorate’s Assessment, Determinations and Monitoring Division, it now takes significantly less time to process applications for registration as a Canadian charity.”  More complicated applications that I file that used to take 6-9 months to now being responded to in 6-9 weeks – it is an amazing improvement which is welcomed by all those involved with applications for charity status.  On a sad note after four years in the Charities Directorate, David Moore, the Director of the Determinations Division, and instrumental in reducing the backlog has moved to the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) from the Charities Directorate. David Moore was responsible for establishing the Client Interface and Service Division and led the work on the Small and Rural Charities Initiative which was and continues to be very successful in making CRA more responsive to the needs of small and rural charities. David will be missed. I understand that Linda Desrochers, will become the interim Director of the Determinations Section.

This is another piece of information that we learn from the Charities Directorate mailing called RC296E What’s the Scoop 2010 or the French version at RC296F En exclusivité 2010 Renseignements pour les organismes de bienfaisance enregistrés

“Improved turnaround time for applications
One of the main functions of the Charities Directorate is to determine whether an organization is eligible to be registered as a charity. Registration not only provides an organization with tax privileges, but the registration process also plays a role in ensuring the integrity of the charitable sector in Canada. The time
it takes to register an organization depends on the completeness and the complexity of the information provided in its application.  Thanks to changes in processes, more resources, and the dedication of staff and management in the Directorate’s Assessment, Determinations and Monitoring Division, it now takes significantly less time to process applications for registration as a Canadian charity.

Reminder
For the timely processing of an application for registration or re-registration, make sure you give a complete answer to every question on Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity Under the Income Tax Act, and attach all necessary documents. For more information about registering a charity, visit our
“Applying for registration” Web pages at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/pplyng/menu-eng.html.”

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Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit https://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca or http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca  Mark can be contacted at mark@blumbergs.ca or at 416-361-1982.

This article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice. You should not act or abstain from acting based upon such information without first consulting a legal professional.