Taxpayers’ Ombudsman releases major report “Donor Beware” on charity gifting tax shelter schemes

September 07, 2015 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: Featured, Canadian Charity Law, Ethical Issues and Canadian Charities, Avoiding Canadian 'Charity' Scams

I was delighted to read a publication "Donor Beware: Investigation into the sufficiency of the Canada Revenue Agency's warnings about questionable tax shelter schemes".  The special report was prepared in December 2013 by J. Paul Dubé, the Taxpayers' Ombudsman.  The 39 page report rips into charitable gifting tax shelters.  Although it is generally very positive about the work of CRA in trying to educate taxpayers and denying the tax credits it does make some recommendations for CRA to increase educational efforts to donors on the dangers of these schemes.  I was quite pleasantly surprised that there were a number of references to articles I have written or websites that I edit.

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