F18. What will the CRA do if an audit raises concerns about a charity’s fundraising activities?
If the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is concerned about a charity’s fundraising activities, it can do a number of things to bring the charity into line. The steps it can take are outlined below, and are progressively more grave. They are known as the “compliance continuum”. CRA generally looks at the seriousness and persistence of the misconduct, and whether it was intentional or not, in determining what its response will be. The measures are:
- sending education letters
- signing compliance agreements with the charity
- assessing a monetary penalty
- suspending a charity’s tax-receipting privileges
- revoking a charity’s registered status
Revocation is allowed at any time but generally it is the last resort used by the CRA.
The CRA Compliance Continuum