T3010 Political Activities Update

Authored by Barry W. Bussey, Director, Legal Affairs

CRA reports that the reporting requirements on the T3010 for a charity’s spending on political activities are no longer relevant. You do not have to answer those questions. Here is what CRA says:

  • 2019-02-01

In December 2018, the rules governing the political activities of registered charities changed as a result of new legislation that permits charities to carry on unlimited public policy dialogue and development activities in furtherance of a stated charitable purpose. Under the new rules, the reporting requirements related to a charity’s spending on political activities are no longer relevant. The Canada Revenue Agency is revising Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, and Form T2050, Application to Register a Charity under the Income Tax Act, and will publish instructions on its webpages soon.

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