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M. Elena Hoffstein co-authors 2nd edition of Charitable Giving in Canada

M. Elena Hoffstein is the co-author of Charitable Giving in Canada (2nd edition), released in 2021 by Thomson Reuters. Charitable Giving in Canada provides a comprehensive but practical tool to assist professional advisors, charities, corporations and individuals who wish to...

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CRA’s views on charitable remainder trusts

Introduction Charitable remainder trusts have been popular in the U.S. for some time but not as widely used in Canada as a result of differences in our tax regime.  A charitable remainder trust involves an individual who wishes to make...

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Advisory committee on charitable sector: Report 1

On January 29, 2021, the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector issued its first report to the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Bob Hamilton, Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency. Established in 2019, the Advisory Committee is...

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Charity lawyers publish open letter

A group of prominent lawyers have published an open letter urging the government to change the rules that govern how Canadian registered charities are permitted to work with third party organizations in Canada and around the world to further their...

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A step forward for charities: Senator tables Bill to reform restrictive rules

Early last week, Senator Ratna Omidvar tabled Bill S-222, The Effective and Accountable Charities Act (the “Bill”), to break down barriers for Canadian charities working with other organizations, both in Canada and abroad.  The Bill, if enacted, will bring age...

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Claiming home office expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) announced in December new measures designed to simplify the ability of taxpayers to deduct employment expenses related to remote working. These new measures are a simplified method to calculate the deduction with a flat...

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Reminder to file your Federal Annual Return Filings

A lot has happened in the past year and it is easy to forget about maintaining corporate records.  This serves as a reminder that non-profits that are subject to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (the “CNCA”) are required to file an annual...

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Gifts of life insurance in Ontario: MPP introduces bill amending the Insurance Act

An Ontario MPP recently introduced a private Member’s bill that would amend the Ontario Insurance Act[1] (the “Act”). The amendment purports to amend the prohibition on trading and trafficking in insurance policies so that it does not apply if the...

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Donation of ecological or cultural property – timing is everything: Lessons from Yellow Point Lodge Ltd. v. Canada, 2020 FCA 195 (CanLII)

The recent Federal Court of Appeal (FCA)  decision in Yellow Point Lodge Ltd. v. Canada, 2020 FCA 195 (CanLII) (Yellow Point) is a reminder that timing can be everything when making donations of ecologically sensitive land or Canadian cultural property....

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CRA releases guidance on relief of poverty and charitable registration

On November 27, 2020, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) released CG-029, a new Guidance on relief of poverty and charitable registration. This Guidance, which replaces Summary policy CSP-P03, Poverty, explains CRA’s administrative policy on charity law, including the criteria an...

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