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June 16, 2011

CRA letter on donation to qualified donee where the donor directs the gift to a specific program

June 09, 2011

Charities Directorate places pages on recent 2011 Budget changes for charities and qualified donees

As discussed on this blog there were a large number of provisions in the June 6, 2011 Canadian Federal budget that will affect charities and other qualified donees and the CRA has placed some information on their website to help those who wish to understand the budget provisions.  Finance and CRA are looking for comments and suggestions on the budget provisions.

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June 09, 2011

CRA advises “Tax preparer sentenced to 3 years in jail for $34 million charitable donations scheme”

Here is a copy of a CRA press release on a tax preparer who has been sentenced to 3 years in jail for issuing $34 million of official donation receipts as part of a charitable donations scheme.

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June 06, 2011

June 2011 Federal Budget - similar to March proposed budget on charity provisions

Today at 4 Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered a budget which was similar to his last proposed budget with a few tweaks. In March, as well as today, there were about 25 pages of material relating to charities

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June 05, 2011

CGAO Not-for-Profit Symposium - presentation on Top Compliance Issues Facing NPOs/Charities

I will be giving a presentation to the CGA-Ontario on The Top Compliance Issues Facing Not For Profit Organizations and How to Deal with Them at the CGAO Not-for-Profit Symposium Flyer.

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June 05, 2011

UK tightens tax rules for UK charities conducting foreign activities

In 2010 the UK government introduced measures dealing with “Payments to overseas bodies” by UK charities.  The requirements seem common sense to me and I have reproduced them below.  For Canadian charities interested in understanding their obligations when operating abroad may find CRA’s Guidance helpful at: http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/index.php/blog/comments/cras_new_guidance_on_foreign_activities_by_canadian_charities/

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June 05, 2011

UK introduces a “fit and proper persons test” for trustees and directors of charities

The UK has introduced in 2010 a “fit and proper persons test” for people involved with the management of charities that apply for Gift Aid. “Factors that may lead to HMRC deciding that a manager is not a fit and proper person include, but are not limited to, individuals: with a history of tax fraud; with a history of other fraudulent behaviour including misrepresentation and/or identity theft; for whom HMRC has knowledge of involvement in attacks against or abuse of tax repayment systems; barred from acting as a charity trustee by a charity regulator or Court, or being disqualified from acting as a company director”

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June 04, 2011

CIVICUS WORLD ASSEMBLY in Montréal, September 10-12, 2011 - program updated and early bird extended

If you register before June 30, 2011 you get a 40% discount on your registration fee. CIVICUS is a great conference and it is in Montreal this year.

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June 03, 2011

CRA letters on revocation of World Islamic Call Society - various CRA concerns noted

The CRA has released letters on the World Islamic Call Society which was a registered charity but recently revoked by the Charities Directorate.

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June 02, 2011

Latest Statistics from CRA on Abusive Charity Gifting Tax Schemes

According to CRA for 2010 there were claims on abusive charity gifting tax schemes of over $320 million.  While a lot better than the 2006 numbers of 1.3 billion - it is still a significant problem.

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May 29, 2011

Charities Directorate places comprehensive list of all policies and guidance on website

Ever have trouble finding a CRA charity policy?  Ever wondering whether the Charities Directorate has a policy on something?

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May 29, 2011

CRA places sample completed T3010-1 with sample forms and financial statements on website

Confused about what a completed T3010-1 looks like?

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May 29, 2011

Podcasts on Charity law from the Charity Law Information Program

Here are some free podcasts from the Charity Law Information Program (CLIP).  http://www.capacitybuilders.ca/clip/podcast/podcastgen1.3/?p=home

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May 24, 2011

Quebec Government publishes draft “Charities - Governance and Best Management Practices”

The Quebec Government has published a draft entitled “Charities - Governance and Best Management Practices”.  They are requesting feedback by June 25, 2011.

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May 24, 2011

Charities Connection 6 from the Charities Directorate of CRA

May 21, 2011

David Baines article on REWARDS Foundation - “CRA butts out stop-smoking charity”

Here is an article by Vancouver Sun reporter David Baines on a BC charity and its revocation by CRA.  http://www.vancouversun.com/health/butts+stop+smoking+charity/4821852/story.html

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May 18, 2011

CRA News release Tax preparer found guilty of fraud in charitable donations scheme

A Brampton tax preparer issues in excess of $34 million in false charitable donation receipts, according to CRA.

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May 15, 2011

Upcoming FREE CLIP Webinars (Online internet seminars) on charity law, fundraising and receipting

Here are some of the upcoming FREE Charity Law Information Program (CLIP) webinars on appropriate receipting and fundraising with links to the registration pages that I will be delivering.  The CLIP program of Capacity Builders is supported by a contribution from the Charities Partnership and Outreach Program of the Charities Directorate. There is no charge for these sessions at this time.  You can register for any session by clicking the link.  The short link for this page is:  http://ow.ly/3jsBh

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May 15, 2011

Lipson v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. 2011 ONSC 2668

In this procedural motion dealing with the case of Lipson v. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. 2011 ONSC 2668 the court deals with a proposed class action and certain summons that had been served by the Defendant Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP on the representative plaintiff, Mr. Lipson, with respect to a pending certification motion.  The judge dismissed the motion, which allows the defendants to examine certain people who have knowledge of a tax shelter scheme that involved the issuance of receipts by a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletics Assocation.(RCAAA).

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Topics: News

May 15, 2011

“Charity registrations revoked, taxpayers left in the dark” - Vancouver Sun article by David Baines

Here is a third article in a series by David Baines of the Vancouver Sun on Vancouver charity lawyer Blake Bromley.  It deals with the revocation of the registered charity Prescient Group.

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May 08, 2011

Gadhafi charity in Canada linked to terrorism - CRA revokes status of World Islamic Call Society

According to an article in the Ottawa Citizen on May 8, 2011 a Canadian charity that was recently revoked, was revoked because of involvement with terrorism.  On globalphilanthropy.ca we noted on April 21, 2011 that the WORLD ISLAMIC CALL SOCIETY had been revoked although there was almost no details available as to why http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca/images/uploads/Canadian_Charities_Recently_Revoked_by_CRA_for_cause_-_April_2011.pdf The Ottawa Citizen article sheds quite a bit of light on the organization.

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May 07, 2011

Another article on Vancouver charity lawyer Blake Bromley and how his clients are being audited

Reporter David Baines of the Vancouver Sun has written another article on Blake Bromley entitled “Vancouver ‘expert’ in charity law says CRA is targeting his clients”.

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May 04, 2011

CRA letter on whether a campus minister is eligible for the clergy residence deduction under ITA

May 04, 2011

CRA letter on payments by non-profits to members and students and how it may affect NPO status

May 04, 2011

CRA letter on clergy residence deduction not available for Rabbi working for community services org

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