Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams
It used to be that if a registered charity was non-compliant CRA either revoked the charity or could do little about the non-compliance. The times have changed. With the introduction of “intermediate sanctions” CRA now has lots more flexibility in how it deals with non-compliance. For example if you issue a receipt that contains false information CRA can fine the charity 125% on the eligible amount stated on the receipt. If a Canadian charity working with a foreign charity (or other non-qualified donee) does not maintain direction and control over transfers of funds and resources then such behaviour can land a charity with a 105%-$110% penalty on the amount of the transfer. Ouch!.
For a list of intermediate sanctions see: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/csp/pnlts-eng.html
For the Guidelines for applying the new sanctions see http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/nwsnctns-eng.html
Mark Blumberg is a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP in Toronto, Ontario. To find out more about legal services that Blumbergs provides to Canadian charities and non-profits please visit http://www.canadiancharitylaw.ca or http://www.globalphilanthropy.ca He can be contacted at or at 416-361-1982.
This article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be legal advice. You should not act or abstain from acting based upon such information without first consulting a legal professional.
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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.