Q: I just applied for charity status from the CRA. Can I start issuing tax receipts?
Quick Answer: There is no quick answer...
Comprehensive Answer: The CRA has the discretion to backdate the date of charity registration to one of the following:
- the date of the organization's incorporation (if the charity is organized as a corporation)
- the date of the organization's application;
- the first day of the charity's current fiscal period; or
- The day of the charity’s last revision of its articles.
Your Charity Lawyer can put in a request for the charity registration to be backdated to the earliest of the above dates. But keep in mind, it is up to the CRA’s discretion.
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