Charities Connection is an electronic publication that gives registered charities information on technical issues, new guidance and policy changes, CRA initiatives, and reminders.
No. 12 – June 2012
Go to Budget 2012 - Enhancing transparency and accountability for charities. There, you will find important information about new rules for registered charities that engage in political activities, and the registration of foreign charitable organizations. We will update the site with new information as it becomes available.
Starting August 1, 2012, Charity Quick View, an innovative on-line resource, will display information filed by your charity. We encourage you to visit the CRA Charities Listings and review the information we have posted about your charity to make sure that it is correct. If you find any errors, ask us to correct the return by completing Form T1240, Registered Charity Adjustment Request.
This year sessions were held in the spring and more are scheduled this fall (September and October). In August we will announce the dates and locations for the fall sessions.
Starting this year, webinars will be held throughout the year, whenever a new presentation is available. If you miss a webinar, you can watch a recorded version by going to Recorded webinars and selecting the topic of your choice.
Subscribe to our electronic mailing list and find out as soon as possible when registration opens for new Charities Information Sessions and webinars.
Form TF725, Registered Charity Basic Information Sheet (BIS) is an important part of the information return package. The BIS is a two-sided form:
Foundations, governments, and other potential donors rely on this information to learn about your charity’s programs and how to contact you.
You can change most of the information on your BIS by entering new or corrected information in the appropriate box. However, you must send a letter with supporting documentation if you want to change your legal name, designation, or fiscal period end.
Every charity must file a complete information return, including Form T3010-1, Registered Charity Information Return, and financial statements, no later than six months after the end of its fiscal period. If your charity has a fiscal period that ended December 31, 2011, and you have not received your information return package, contact Client Services.
Don’t forget to send us your BIS as part of your completed information return. For more information about the BIS and completing your return, go to Annual information return (T3010).
Thanks to the feedback received from donors and registered charities, we have revised How to donate wisely, (Leaflet RC4407).
This free leaflet now contains tax tips and information about:
We encourage your charity to include a copy with your donor’s official donation tax receipt. You can also display copies in your office.
For your convenience, you can order this leaflet in English and French. The leaflet is also available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu. To order copies, use our online order form or call
To learn more about donating wisely, visit www.cra.gc.ca/donors.
We have updated our fundraising guidance CG-013, Fundraising by Registered Charities. It reflects the feedback we received from the voluntary sector. Our fundamental position on fundraising has not changed—a charity can still devote some of its resources to fundraising activities. We did, however, clarify several issues, including:
All those responsible for a charity’s fundraising practices, or those considering taking on this role, should read this guidance to learn what is acceptable.
If your charity plans on carrying out new activities or wants to know the rules about operating a charity, you can refer to our Policies and guidance Web pages. The information on these pages will help you understand the requirements of the Income Tax Act and the common law that apply to your registered charity.
We try to make guidance products easy to understand and use. If you have concerns or suggestions, we want to hear from you! Your comments will improve how we help charities follow the rules. Go to Ongoing feedback on existing policies and guidance, and make your opinion count.
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