T3010 checklist – how to avoid common mistakes when filing your return

A registered charity must file an annual information return with financial statements and required attachments.


Use the following information to avoid a lost return, incorrect financial calculations, and other mistakes that could cause delays

  file a complete return

  file your return within six months from the end of your charity’s fiscal year

  make sure your financial statements are included with your return and have the same fiscal year-end

  file your return even if your charity was inactive during its fiscal year

  describe your charitable activities, not your fundraising activities, in Section C2

  make sure there is a signature of a director/trustee or like official in Section E

  include the dates of birth, arm’s length status, and postal codes for all directors, trustees, and like officials on Form T1235

  include the registration numbers for all qualified donees on Form T1236

  mail to:

Charities Directorate
Canada Revenue Agency
105 – 275 Pope Road
Summerside PE  C1N 6E8

Additional information

You must include your financial information in Section D or Schedule 6 – do not complete both.

You must complete Schedule 6 (not Section D) if any of the following applies:

  • the charity's revenue exceeds $100,000
  • the amount of all property (for example, investments, rental properties) not used in charitable activities is more than $25,000
  • the charity has permission to accumulate funds during this fiscal year

If you are completing Section D:

  • lines 4500 to 4650 (excluding line 4505) must equal the amount on line 4700
  • lines 4860 to 4920 must equal the amount on line 4950
  • line 5000 must show an amount spent on charitable programs

If you are completing Schedule 6:

  • lines 4500, 4510 to 4580, and 4600 to 4650 must equal the amount on line 4700
  • lines 4800 to 4920 must equal the amount on line 4950
  • only enter amounts on lines 5500 and 5510 if you have received permission to accumulate funds
  • enter amounts on lines 5900 and 5910 if the charity has property that was not used in charitable activities

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This checklist is for the charity's use only. Do not mail to the CRA or file with the return.

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