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There are certain questions that a qualified donee (such as a registered charity) must consider to be able to determine if it received a gift. If the donation is considered a gift, the qualified donee can issue a receipt to the donor. Here are the questions: Was the gift made voluntarily? A gift must be given freely. If it the gift was given because of a contractual or other obligation, then a receipt cannot be issued. Was there a transfer of property? A receipt can only be issued for a gift of property and not for a gift of service. Did...
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Are you a frequent supporter of Canadian charities? If yes, here are some of the most frequently asked questions on giving to charities. • How can you check if a charity is registered? Find out the charity’s registration number and confirm its status in the CRA’s List of Charities: You can also call the Charities Directorate at 1-800-267-2384. • Can a charity return a donation? Generally, no. At law, a gift transfers ownership of the money or other gifted property from the donor to the charity. Once transfer is made, the charity is obliged to use the gift in carrying...
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