Canada Revenue Agency

Dying With Dignity Group Stripped Of Charitable Tax Status

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's registered charities are not permitted to exercise moral pressure or promote "an attitude of mind" that might influence legislation,...

CRA's Text Message Destruction Should Be Probed: NDP

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP is raising the spectre of a political coverup in asking the federal information watchdog to investigate the Canada Revenue ...

How To Avoid Getting Stung By Tax-Time Scams

Caroline Battista | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

The CRA will never ask for a credit card number, passport number, driver's license number or health card number. If it isn't information you normally provide with a tax return, the CRA won't ask you for it -- much less, as one scam goes, ask you to leave the information on an answering machine.

Why Is CRA Reinterpreting Rules to Shut Down Charities It Doesn't Agree With?

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

Respected charities doing important work are being told they were never qualified to operate, that some bureaucrat made a historical mistake and now the organization must be shut down, their work discontinued, their assets scattered among those charities in their same sector that survive.

CRA Can Call a Mulligan in "Auditgate" Process

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The debate about how "tricky" it is for the Director-General of CRA's Charity Directorate to consider political leanings when selecting charities for audits continues to rage in Canada. The outrage has reached the dreaded "gate" stage with respected opinion leaders asking "Why is this not considered Canada's own Auditgate scandal?"

Althia Raj

What's Behind Spike In Complaints About Charities' Political Activities?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Very few Canadians had complained about the political activities of charities before the Conservative government announced plans to audit ...

Feds Hound Senior With Dementia, Parkinson's For $12K In Taxes

CBC | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

The Canada Revenue Agency is demanding thousands of dollars from a B.C. senior, who suffers from dementia and Parkinson's disease, for failing to decl...

CRA Accidentally Discloses Famous Canadians' Tax Info

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - The Canada Revenue Agency confirmed late Tuesday that it has accidentally disclosed confidential taxpayer information to the CBC.The agency ...

TFSAs Will Lead To 'Welfare' For The Wealthy, Government Warned

CBC | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Business

The Conservative government is facing calls to change the rules around tax-free savings accounts now before a loophole means some of Canada's wea...

When Will Canada Revenue Agency Start Dealing With Legal Issues Properly?

Blake Bromley | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

In 2009, CRA began to publish on its website summaries of the reasons it had revoked registrations "for cause". There is nothing in the Income Tax Act which defines revocation "for cause". (In deed, it is alarming to think that charities could be revoked "without cause".) These are simply charities CRA wants to "name and shame".

CRA Decides Its Threatening Letters To Canadians Are Nonsense

CBC | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Business

The next time you puzzle over an indecipherable letter or notice from the Canada Revenue Agency, don't blame yourself: even the tax department a...

CRA Now Trying To 'Gag'.. Birdwatchers?

CBC | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Business

A small group of nature lovers in southern Ontario enjoy spending weekends watching birds and other wildlife, but lately they're the ones under ...

CRA "Gotcha" Audits Need to Stop

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When government or industry officials want a charity closed down, they have little interest in the way they achieve revocation. All they care about is whether, at the end of the audit, they can raise their martini glasses and say GOTCHA.

Canada Shouldn't Feel Superior to China's Charity Regulation

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When considering civil society organizations, there are few things to which government officials are more sensitive than political activities. It is doubtful that the activities considered unacceptably political by the Communist Party of China are any more overtly political than the impugned activities of charities in Canada.

Special CRA Snitch Line Receives Over 1,000 Calls

CBC | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Business

Ottawa's program that pays for tips to the Canada Revenue Agency about tax cheats has received more than a thousand calls since being set up earl...

Charity Lesson From the Scottish Referendum

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The referendum in Scotland demonstrates the risks of England denying tax benefits to charities which promote indigenous Scottish values. Canada should have the self-confidence to respect the values and purposes which emanate from Quebec's people and legislature when granting tax benefits to registered charities.

CRA Targeted Left-Leaning Think Tank For Audit For Being 'Biased'

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A left-leaning think-tank was targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency for a political-activities audit last fall partly because the research an...

All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue says that it is "absolutely shameful" to suggest that Canada Revenue Agency officials auditing charities could "somehow fall under political influence." This is a sideshow which is distracting the charitable sector from the real issues.

Tories Block 'Offensive' Bid To Review Charity Audits

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservative MPs have blocked an opposition bid to study allegations the government has been targeting certain charities, saying it's "shamef...

Ottawa Violated Canadians' Charter Rights With U.S. Tax Deal: Lawsuit

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Canada has violated the charter rights of nearly a million Canadians by agreeing to share their financial details with authorities in the Un...

54,000 Canadians Snared By TFSA Rule

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A tricky rule keeps tripping up thousands of Canadians who make withdrawals from their tax-free savings accounts, and replace the money too e...

Foreign Aid Charities Have Had It With The Tories

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Some international-aid charities are joining forces to challenge the Canada Revenue Agency's increased scrutiny of the sector, saying onerous...

The CRA Should Learn That Charities Can Have Controversial Views

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

CRA is cherry-picking its jurisprudence to justify its program of political activities audits. It is ignoring these recent decisions from Australia, England, New Zealand and even Canada's Federal Court of Appeal. Disagreeing with the government on environmental issues is not necessarily a partisan activity.

NDP Wants Air Cleared On CRA Audits Of Charities

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The New Democrats are pressing for an unusual summer meeting of a parliamentary committee to clear the air over the auditing of charities for...

Why The CRA Seems To Pick Government Opponents For Its Charity Audits

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Canada Revenue Agency says it pays no attention to pro-government or anti-government political leanings when it chooses which charities t...