RC18. What are the consequences of not meeting the obligations of a registered charity?
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If a registered charity does not meet its obligations, it may be subject to a penalty or revocation (that is, lose its charitable status).More…
The Charities Directorate of the CRA uses a scale to determine whether a charity is meeting its obligations. In increasing severity, the Charities Directorate may use the following tools:
- education (explaining the rules to a charity)
- compliance agreements (a formal document signed by the charity and the CRA identifying the problem, the solution, and the consequences if the charity does not solve the problem)
- financial penalty
- suspension of the charity’s right to issue official donation receipts (for example, for one year)