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Did Mr. Imoh give charitable donations of 45,000, in cash, to Revival Time Ministries International over 3 years? Did Mr. Bello give $15,000 to the same charity? This is the crux of the case. You can read about Revival Time Ministries International's revocation by CRA here. (As an aside and outside the scope of charity law you can read about allegations of sexual assault here.) Far from having poor records or no records the charity produced some Canadian bank statements which the charity seemed to prepare for itself. I did not know that you can prepare your own bank statements but I learn a new thing everyday! This case really enhanced my understanding of charity law in Canada!
The Honourable Justice K. Lyons decided that the donations probably did not happen. These two individuals will not be getting the tax incentives they hoped for. Seems like a very cumbersome and expensive process to come to this determination.
You can read this rivetting case here:
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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.