If you are into technology and like to click things and then see those clicks magically be reflected in a newly generated page then you are going to love CRA's new Checklist Tool for Canadian registered charity applications. It allows for lots of clicking. It also provides some useful information. Perhaps this new technological solution/format will be good for those who are not interested in reading CRA's Guide T4063, Registering a Charity for Income Tax Purposes. Perhaps more charity applications will be better prepared and therefore require a less detailed CRA response. Perhaps this will result in faster charity processing times which now can range from 2 months to 12 months. As we have noted about ten days ago most charity applications are not being accepted by CRA.
This tool only allows you to create a checklist. It does not allow for a charity application to be prepared or submitted online. For that you are going to have to wait till 2019.
We help many organizations consider whether being a charity is appropriate, structuring of the organization, applying for charity status, responding to CRA questions and assisting with compliance issues after receiving registered charity status. If you require assistance we may be able to help you. Before considering establishing a Canadian charity check out www.charitydata.ca to see if perhaps there is a charity in your area doing the same or similar work.
Here is a link to the CRA Checklist Tool.
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Mark Blumberg is a partner at the law firm of Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto and works almost exclusively in the areas of non-profit and charity law.