Latest statistics on “abusive charity gifting tax schemes”

May 03, 2014 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Receipting by Canadian Registered Charities, Canadian Charity Statistics, Transparency

I recently requested numbers from CRA on abusive charity gifting tax schemes.  The number are trending down.  2006 was the highest at $1.3 billion.  2011 was $299 million. 2012 was $273,000.  2013 preliminary numbers are $100,000 but as we know there are more returns to be filed.  Crossing my fingers that the 100 million does not increase too much.

 Here are the numbers from CRA including donors, $ value of abusive charity gifting tax schemes and number of schemes that year.   Keep in mind this does not include "fraudulent receipting" schemes.  

2011 2012 2013 (preliminary numbers)
8,874 donors 8,406 donors 2,518 donors
$299,957,396 $273,600,000 $100,895,026
6 schemes 8 schemes 4 schemes

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