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January 18, 2011

CRA revokes Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers and Revival Time Ministries International

The CRA has revoked the registration of Operation Save Canada’s Teenagers and Revival Time Ministries International as a charity.  Here are copies of the actual CRA letters to the two registered charities:

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January 18, 2011

Finance Canada has just posted the Tax Expenditure Reports and Evaluations for 2010

Finance Canada has just posted the Tax Expenditure Reports and Evaluations which has information on estimates and projections of the cost of certain tax deductions and credits including the charitable donation tax credit (personal) and the charitable donation deduction (corporate).

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Topics: News

January 17, 2011

T3010-1 and Guide now available on the CRA website

A new Form T3010-1, Registered Charity Information Return, and amended Guide T4033-1, Completing the Registered Charity Information Return, are now available online at the CRA site. Charities with fiscal periods ending on or after March 4, 2010, that have not already filed, should use the new form. The form and guide were updated because of amendments to the Income Tax Act.

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January 11, 2011

InterAction Launches Aid Buzz Blog

InterAction is the “largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.” They have just launched a blog.  It will be interesting to see the information and discussions that take place.

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January 10, 2011

New CRA webinars on T3010, Activities outside of Canada and Political Activities

The Charities Directorate has announced it will be presenting the following topics for 2011: February 2: T3010-1: Line by Line Review; February 23: Activities Outside Canada; March 16: Political Activities

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January 10, 2011

New T4033-1 Completing the Registered Charity Information Return released by CRA

Here is a copy of the new CRA Guide T4033-1 Completing the Registered Charity Information Return.  This guide will help Canadian registered charities complete the T3010-1 Registered Charity Information Return.

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January 06, 2011

Charity Navigator to revamp rating system to emphasize transparency and accountability

The US organization Charity Navigator is in the process of revamping its rating system of charities to provide more information and weight to the issues of accountability and transparency.  Although Charity Navigator does not rate Canadian charities, the issue of transparency and accountability is as big here as in the US and Canadian charities should ensure that they are improving in this area.

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January 05, 2011

Ontario The Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board is now operational with website

We have blogged on the Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 which was announced in the Ontario budget.  Well it appears that the Public Sector Compensation Restraint Board is now in place and has a website and has a new Chair.

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January 05, 2011

Charity Transparency improved in Israel With Launch Of GuideStar Israel - search in 3 languages

GuideStar Israel is being beta tested.  It will provide a combination of government and NPO information on non-profits in Israel.  It is only a beta test but it is an important step forward for donors and those interested in the non-profit sector in Israel.  There are obviously gaps that hopefully will be filled by the organizations themselves.

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January 04, 2011

Ten Reasons your Canadian Charity Should File its T3010 on Time

January 03, 2011

We get the charity regulation we fund - Jack Siegel’s comment on US charity regulation

Here is an interesting note dealing with US charity regulation and how less charity regulation and oversight can result in greater misuse of charities by admittedly a small number of people.

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December 31, 2010

CRA releases T3010-1 Registered Charity Information Return today -champagne will be popping tonight!

Here is the T3010-1 Registered Charity Information Return which replaces the T3010B for charities with fiscal year ends on or after December 1, 2010. [ed. CRA has subsequently said the T3010-1 can be used for fiscal year ends after March 4, 2010]

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December 29, 2010

The Nonprofit Technology Gap – Myth or Reality?  from Johns Hopkins University

Here is an interesting 20 page study on The Nonprofit Technology Gap – Myth or Reality?  from Johns Hopkins University.  Non-profits are certainly using technology [“The vast majority of all organizations (98 percent) reported using information technologies for program/service delivery;] but there are many challenges including training and funds.  Non-profits would use more technology if they could.

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December 28, 2010

Ontario Bar Association Institute 2011 Charity Corporate Changes and Avoiding Compliance Problems

I am co-chairing this Ontario Bar Association program for the Charity and Not-For-Profit Law section at the OBA’s Institute 2011.  The OBA Institute is the largest continuing legal event in Ontario.  Lawyers may find this program helpful if they are interested in the new Ontario non-profit corporate legislation, the new federal Canada not for profit corporations act, avoiding problems with issuing receipts and class action lawsuits dealing with abusive charity gifting schemes.

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December 27, 2010

Imagine Canada’s Guide to Giving - has some interesting questions and answers for donors

Imagine Canada has released a “Guide to Giving”.  In addition to discussing “What should I look for before giving to a charity?” it also discusses “How can I find out how much a charity spends on fundraising? Is this regulated?”, “How much does Imagine Canada recommend a charity spend on fundraising? How can I be certain that a charity’s fundraising costs are reasonable?”, “What are outside fundraisers? Should charities use them?”, “Why do charities spend money on administrative costs or overhead?”, and “How can I find out more about charity salaries?”.

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December 23, 2010

Is the African Development Bank a prescribed international organization under Income Tax Act Canada

Topics: News

December 23, 2010

“Warning: If you donate to a gifting tax shelter, expect to be audited” - Tax Alert from CRA

The Canada Revenue Agency has issued a “Tax Alert” entitled “Warning: If you donate to a gifting tax shelter, expect to be audited.”  I know that the Tax Alert came out December 23, 2010 but if you are considering investing in one of these schemes consider that CRA’s warning is about the closest thing to a Christmas present you are ever going to get from CRA!  After all they will have just saved you ten years of legal fees, emotional distress, and payment of the foregone taxes plus penalties and interest that can in the end be so staggering that you go bankrupt.  That must be worth something.  In case you did not understand the title I will try to translate it to my version of Canadian pig Latin:  “Warningeh: Ifeh youeh donateh toeh giftingeh taxeh shelterey, expecteh toeh be’eh problemeh.”  For those pig Latin purists, who I know will bombard me with comments along with the promoters of these schemes, here is the proper Pig Latin translation “Arningway ifway youway onateday otay away iftinggay axtay eltershay expectway otay ebay auditedway”.  These schemes don’t make sense in any language!

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December 21, 2010

Remittances and the high cost of giving for the poor - consider this Avaaz petition

Canadians are ostensibly a generous people.  They give on average about 1 billion per year in donations to registered charities for internationally philanthropy that targets the poor around the world.  On the other hand remittances from Canada to developing countries are approximately 9 billion per year.  Remittances tend to come from new immigrants, migrant workers etc. that often have far less financial resources than the average Canadian.  There are no tax incentives for remittances but very high tax incentives for donations to charity.  Avaaz is concerned that some companies like Western Union are gouging unsuspecting people who make remittances.  Here is the Avaaz petition:

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December 21, 2010

Department of Finance Launches Public Consultation on International Aid

Here is a press release from the Department of Finance: “The Department of Finance today launched a public consultation on the international assistance payments it administers. The consultation is a requirement under the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act for all federal departments and agencies with foreign aid responsibilities. The feedback from the consultation will help make future assistance more effective by providing the public with an opportunity to comment on the Department’s contribution to global poverty reduction, its consideration of the perspectives of those who live in poverty, and its adherence to international standards on human rights.”  The consultation period will end on February 18, 2011.

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Topics: News | Global Giving

December 21, 2010

“Salary Cap Removed From Bill C-470, But More Work Still Ahead for the Sector” by AFP

Here is a note from AFP on C-470.  http://www.afpnet.org/Audiences/PublicPolicyIssueDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=4680

December 21, 2010

Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List - December 2010

Here is a copy of the Blumbergs’ Canadian Charity Law List for December 2010.

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December 20, 2010

Canadian charities can learn from another charity’s mistakes - small board and conflicts of interest

Here is a UK Charity Commission report on the “International Tiger Moth Charitable Trust” which took “sick and terminally ill children in a Second World War Tiger Moth aeroplane”. It is interesting because it shows how having a board of family members can result in poor governance, internal controls, safeguarding of vulnerable beneficiaries and use of funds.  It also shows that in the UK, where they don’t have massive charity tax evasion schemes and abusive charity gifting tax shelters worth billions of dollars like we have here in Canada, the Charity Commission can spend time quite carefully reviewing the performance of a small individual delinquent charity.

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December 20, 2010

Canadian Standing Committee on Finance Hearing Dec 6, 2010 on c470 and Canadian charity sector

On December 6 2010 the Standing Committee on Finance held hearings on C-470 and whether there should be salary caps on charities in Canada.

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December 20, 2010

Xentel DM, telemarketer, hit with $500,000 fine for violating National Do Not Call List rules

The CBC notes in an article entitled “Telemarketer hit with $500,000 CRTC fine” that “The federal telecommunications regulator has hit a Calgary-based telemarketing firm, Xentel DM, with a $500,000 penalty for misusing the charity exemption to the National Do Not Call List rules.”  It looks like Xentel will be or has changed its name to “iMarketing Solutions Group Inc. (Formerly Xentel DM Incorporated)”

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December 20, 2010

The Nuts and Bolts of Gifts involving Cultural Property” by Florence I. Carey -great Canadian paper

Here is a copy of 2010 paper “The Nuts and Bolts of Gifts involving Cultural Property” by Florence I. Carey of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP in Winnipeg.

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