Recent news and updates on our webpages.
New articles on the Excise and GST/HST News:
- New rebate for printed books in Newfoundland and Labrador
- Registered national arts service organizations
For more information call Business Enquiries at 1-800-959-5525.
New webpage: Cause-related marketing
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.
The CRA’s Report on the Charities Program 2015-2016 is now available. The report provides a snapshot of the program, as well as an update on our outreach, education, and compliance activities, and our plans for the future.
The consultations on charities’ political activities are now closed. For more information go to Clarifying the rules governing charities’ political activities: consultation process 2016 to 2017.
A new form is available for charities to change director, trustee, or like official information.
New Guidance CG-026, Relieving conditions attributable to being aged and charitable registration is now available.
Further to Minister Diane Lebouthillier’s announcement on September 27, Ottawa has been added as a location for in-person consultations with representatives from the charitable sector about political activities. As space at these in-person consultations is limited, the CRA encourages all charities that have not received an invitation before November 29 to participate in the online consultation, to ensure their views are fully considered. The deadline for submissions to the online consultation has been extended to December 14.
In an effort to adopt a “digital-first” approach, we are constantly reviewing our printed publications. As a result, Form T2081, Excess Corporate Holdings Worksheet for Private Foundations, will no longer be printed and mailed to affected charities. A printable and saveable version of Form T2081 is still available on our website.
Nominate a volunteer, a not-for-profit organization, or a business for the Canada’s Volunteer Awards.
The Charities Directorate is introducing new ways to encourage voluntary compliance in the charitable sector. Registered charities have core responsibilities, one of which is to file an annual information return within six months of the charity’s fiscal year-end. If they do not file, they may lose their charitable registration. We have recently developed a new infographic to help charities remember their filing deadlines.
The decision to register a charity is an important one. Our new online questionnaire is designed to give you the basic knowledge to help you make an informed decision about applying for charitable registration.
New books and records position for church offering envelopes
Effective as of 2016 and including church offering envelopes for the 2015 tax year, the Charities Directorate has updated its position on the retention period for church offering envelopes. They must be kept for six years from the end of the tax year to which the envelope relates. This has changed from the previous period of two years to agree with the requirements of the Income Tax Act for the retention of source documents.
For more information on what a registered charity should keep, go to Books and records.
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