Terrorism and use of intermediaries to carry out charitable activities?

June 22, 2011 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: Planned Giving and Canadian Charities

It is pretty obvious that Canadian charities, whether operating in Canada or outside of Canada, cannot directly or indirectly support terrorism.  Canada has anti-terrorism legislation and charities should due due diligence before transfering assets to non-profits and other entities both in Canada and abroad.

In CRA’s Guidance “Using an Intermediary to Carry out a Charity’s Activities within Canada” it notes:

“2.1. What do charities need to know about Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation?
Charities must remember their obligations under Canada’s anti-terrorism legislation. As with all individuals and organizations in Canada, charities are responsible for making sure that they do not operate in association with individuals or groups that are engaged in terrorist activities or that support terrorist activities.

The CRA has produced a checklist to help Canadian charities identify vulnerabilities to terrorist abuse.

Under the Charities Registration (Security Information) Act and the Income Tax Act, a charity’s status may be revoked if it operates in such a way as to make its resources available, either directly or indirectly, to an entity that is a listed entity as defined in subsection 83.01(1) of the Criminal Code; or to any other entity (person, group, trust, partnership, or fund, or an unincorporated association or organization) that engages in terrorist activities or activities in support of them.

There are other prohibitions on funding or otherwise facilitating terrorism. For more information, see the Criminal Code, the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism, and the United Nations Al-Qaeda and Taliban Regulations, as well as the Charities Directorate’s Web page Charities in the International Context.”

For more information on the CRA Guidance “Using an Intermediary to Carry out a Charity’s Activities within Canada” (Reference number CG-004) see:
http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca/index.php/blog/category/using_intermediaries_in_canada/ or
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cgd/ntrmdry-eng.html

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