Recent news and updates on our webpages.
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.
Two new online forms are now available for requesting charity-related information:
New GST/HST Info Sheets:
For more information, call Business Enquiries at 1-800-959-5525.
New publication: Excise and GST/HST News – No. 98. For more information, call Business Enquiries at 1-800-959-5525.
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