LETTER: CRA follows tough rules when it comes to charities

It is CRA’s duty to ensure this money is used for charitable purposes.

In response to your Aug. 11 editorial, I would like to set the record straight regarding registered charities in Canada.

Charities registered under the Income Tax Act are granted the privilege of providing tax deduction receipts to their donors.

In 2012, $14.24 billion was tax receipted from approximately 86,000 charities.

It is CRA’s duty to ensure this money is used for charitable purposes. The government has an obligation to taxpayers to manage this foregone tax revenue responsibly in the interest of all Canadians.

Registered charities are required by law to have exclusively charitable purposes. Provided a charity devotes substantially all of its resources to charitable purposes, it may also devote up to 10 per cent of resources to political activities that are non-partisan in nature and connected and subordinate to the charity’s purposes.

The CRA is guided by the Income Tax Act and common law in applying the rules related to registered charities and their political activity.

Budget 2012 provided additional resources to the CRA to increase transparency and reporting obligations for charities.

So far, the CRA has undertaken audits of more than 50 charities representing a cross-section of the sector. Throughout these audits, the CRA follows an education-first approach and uses the full range of tools at its disposal, including education letters and compliance agreements, to achieve compliance.

Regarding suggestions that the CRA is “refusing” to provide the names of the charities being audited, in fact the law prohibits the CRA from releasing this information. Moreover, disclosing details of how audit files are selected would compromise the effectiveness of the entire compliance regime.

I have absolute confidence in the professionalism, integrity, and fairness of CRA officials who administer the charities program.

The only politics in this story are the political motivations of the NDP.

Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue

 

 

Just Posted

Greater Victoria is a tough market, even for former homeowners

Seniors often squeezed out of the housing market due to limited income

Garry Oak Meadow Marathon underway at Cattle Point

Every Sunday in February and March Friends of Uplands Park is seeking volunteers

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Volunteer hairdressers, estheticians, even a tarot card reader took part in the Victoria event

VIDEO: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Flying squirrels found to glow pink in the dark, including two from B.C.

Squirrels from Hope and Abbotsford were included in the biologists’ database

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Wilson-Raybould resignation stokes anger, frustration within veterans community

Liberals have had three veterans-affairs ministers — Kent Hehr, Seamus O’Regan and Wilson-Raybould

No Center of Gravity festival in Kelowna this summer: organizers

COG organizers said the hope is to return to the Okanagan in 2020

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Most Read