Consequences of terminating registration (voluntarily)

Before applying for registration with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), an organization should be aware of the serious consequences that result if it later decides to terminate its registration. Once registration has been terminated, a revoked charity:

  • cannot issue official donation receipts for gifts it receives;

  • no longer qualifies for exemption from income tax as a registered charity;

  • must transfer all remaining property to an eligible donee, or be subject to a revocation tax equivalent to the property's full value;

  • will have its name and the reason for its revocation posted in Part I of the Canada Gazette and in the online list of revoked charities on the Charities and giving webpages; and

  • will no longer be a charity or public institution for GST/HST purposes which could affect the tax status of its supplies, the way it calculates its net tax and its ability to claim a partial rebate for the GST/HST it pays.

For more information, see Voluntary revocation.

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