On February 11, 2016, the National Post had an article entitled "‘Can I get a tax receipt?’: Tax confusion muddles Syrian refugee sponsorship efforts". The article discusses some of the complexity around the current receipting rules and how they have created confusion for registered charities in certain cases when fundraising for Syrian refugees in Canada. The National Post references a proposal that I have made to provide greater clarity to the rules.
The CRA recently provided a FAQ entitled “Assisting people affected by the conflict in Syria”, however, I don't think it really provides any further clarity on the receipting issue.
Here is also an article we wrote: Canadian Charities Helping Syrian Refugees - some legal considerations
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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.