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April 2021

2021-04-01

Update to Charitable activities page

We’ve recently updated our page on charitable activities to incorporate additional information about public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.

March 2021

2021-03-22

The charities information webinars are back!

We are pleased to announce the return of the charities information webinars. The next webinars are about gifting and receipting, and will be held on March 30 and 31, 2021. For more information, including dates and registration information, go to Charities information sessions and webinars.

The webinars are free to all registered charities and other qualified donees across Canada. If you are a board member, a treasurer, a volunteer, an employee of a charity, or a professional who provides services to charities, a webinar is a great way to learn more about some of your obligations.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to register online today!

2021-03-12

Report #1 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

On behalf of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS), we are pleased to announce that Report #1, which was provided to the Minister of National Revenue and the Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency, is now available.

The ACCS’ recommendations come after months of meetings, and consultations with the charitable sector. This report was delivered as part of the ACCS’ mandate to advance emerging issues relating to charities, and ensure that the regulatory environment supports the important work that charities do.

This is an important milestone in supporting and strengthening Canada’s charitable sector. I would like to extend my gratitude to the sector co-chairs, Bruce MacDonald and Hilary Pearson, and each of the sector members who have dedicated their time, energy, and expertise in the development of this report. We look forward to continued collaboration and dialogue with members of the ACCS as they prepare upcoming reports.  

February 2021

2021-02-03

Report on the Charities Program 2018 to 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Report on the Charities Program 2018 to 2020 is now available.

This report outlines the work of the Charities Directorate, including updates to services, policy, outreach, and operational activities.  We have highlighted data from the 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 fiscal years, and we hope that it offers insight into the environment of the charitable sector in Canada.

The report also explains how the CRA continued to support and work with the charitable sector through the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that the pandemic has presented, and continues to present challenges to the charitable sector. We would like to thank you for the work you do to serve the Canadian public.

December 2020

2020-12-21

T3010 filing deadline extension – Last week to submit your charity’s information return

Today marks the last week of the T3010 filing extension for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020, in keeping with the Canada Revenue Agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

File online, file from home

The easiest way for your charity to file its T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, is by using My Business Account for charities (MyBA). Did you know we’ve developed an educational tool to help you navigate the digital services as smoothly as possible? Get the help you need by consulting our MyBA Reference Guide on how to register and access your charity’s online account on MyBA.

Helping you help others

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Charities Directorate if you require assistance completing your charity’s information return. Our representatives are standing by to help you Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time. As the December 31st deadline approaches we are expecting higher-than-normal call volumes, and appreciate your patience.

Our Charities and giving webpage also features a wide range of information that can help you file your charity’s return.

November 2020

2020-11-27

As part of our ongoing commitment to take an education-first approach and to provide charities with the tools and resources they need to carry on their important work, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pleased to announce the publication of the following new guidance products:

These comprehensive guidance products replace the various summary policies that were in effect for these topics.

Following feedback from the charitable sector, we have finalized our guidance CG-027, Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities. This guidance explains how the CRA will administer changes to the Income Tax Act, and clarifies:

  • the meaning of a stated charitable purpose
  • the difference between indirect and direct support of a political party or candidate
  • a charity’s other legal requirements (such as provincial requirements and other Acts)

Additionally, the CRA is pleased to announce the publication of the following updated guidance products based on recommendations identified by the CRA and the charitable sector:

These guidance products were updated to provide clearer information on issues that arise when charities work through intermediaries.

2020-11-27

T3010 filing extension – 1 month until deadline

The December 31, 2020 filing deadline for all charities with a T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020 is now only one month away.

If your charity hasn’t already filed its information return, there is still time to do so before the December 31st deadline passes.

Make sure to file a complete return

A T3010 information return is considered incomplete if lines are not completed or if a required attachment is not included. This can result in a delay in displaying your charity’s return on our website which means donors will not see your most up-to-date filing information. In some cases, an incomplete return can result in the temporary suspension of tax-receipting privileges.

File your return using My Business Account

An easy way to ensure that your charity’s information return is complete is by filing it online through My Business Account for charities (MyBA). If online filing is new to you, we can help! The benefits of using the online version of Form T3010 is that it identifies all the forms and sections that need to be completed as you fill it in. It also reminds you to upload your charity’s financial statements and other required attachments before submitting your return.  

We are also pleased to announce the release of the following educational product, which can help you get started with MyBA:

If filing your return on paper, you must remember to complete all the forms, sections and attachments that apply to your charity, and send them with your charity’s financial statements. Information on how to file a complete T3010 charity return can be found in the T3010 charity return section of the Charities and giving web pages.

We’re here to help

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Charities Directorate client service section if you require assistance completing your charity’s information return. Our representatives are standing by to help Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time.

Our Charities and giving webpage also features a wide range of information that can help you file your charity’s return.

October 2020

2020-10-30

T3010 filing deadline extension – Less than 2 months until the filing deadline
As part of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate extended the filing deadline to December 31, 2020 for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

File online, file from home
With the deadline fast approaching, we would like to encourage all charities that haven’t already filed, and are able to do so, to file as early as possible to avoid the rush.

The easiest way for your charity to file its T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, is by using My Business Account for Charities.

Resumption of operations
As the CRA continues moving forward with its business resumption plan, the Charities Directorate is committed to keeping the charitable sector informed about any changes that affect registered charities. As such, we are pleased to announce that we have updated our Charities COVID response page with the most up-to-date status of our operations.

We’re here to help
We’re committed to helping you help others! Please don’t hesitate to contact the Charities Directorate client service section if you have any questions or require assistance completing your charity’s information return. Our representatives are standing by to help you Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, local time.

Our Charities and giving webpage also features a wide range of information that can help you file your charity’s return.

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