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September 2017

August 2017

  • 2017-08-21 

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has started making automated courtesy calls notifying registered charities that the due date for filing their completed information return is approaching. Every registered charity, even those that are inactive, must file a complete information return each year, no later than six months after the end of its fiscal period. A charity’s registered status may be revoked if it doesn’t file. 

The automated message states that the annual return must be filed shortly, and provides information about contacting the CRA for additional details. It does not include any taxpayer information. 

If you received this call and your charity has already filed its return, disregard the message. 

The CRA has strong practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA by using the numbers on its Telephone numbers page.


July 2017

  • 2017-07-26

New Videos from our Gifting and receipting video series!

Watch the Auctions videos on our Charities and giving webpage:

Auctions: when can you issue donation receipts

Auctions: advantage and 80% rule

Or on our YouTube Channel for better resolution:

Auctions: when can you issue donation receipts

Auctions: advantage and 80% rule

June 2017

  • 2017-06-29

    Important message for applicants seeking charitable registration or charities seeking re-registration
    As of July 1, 2017, the Charities Directorate no longer reviews draft governing documents. Applications submitted with draft governing documents will be treated as incomplete and returned to the applicant. To submit a complete application, you must include certified governing documents. If an applicant believes that the purposes in its certified governing documents no longer accurately reflect its programs, it can provide proposed purposes with its application. However, the organization’s current certified governing documents must also be provided. To determine what documents are required in order to submit a complete application, we encourage you to try our application document checklist tool.

March 2017

February 2017

  • 2017-02-11

    New webpage: Cause-related marketing

  • 2017-02-08

    Thinking of becoming a registered charity? Make sure your application is complete by creating a personal checklist of all the documents you need. The checklist will also include important messages about your planned activities.

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