January 23, 2012 - CAPACOA submitted comments in response to the Canada Revenue Agency proposed Guidance on Arts Organizations and Charitable Registration.
This guidance will clarify the position and practice of CRA's Charities Directorate for the purpose of determining whether an arts organization is eligible for registration as a charity.
CAPACOA's submission focuses on performing arts presentation: it provides information on the distinction between producers and presenters, and it raises questions on paragraphs which require clarification. This submission also provides specific recommendations to reduce the evidence burden on arts organizations applying for registration.
“Arts and Culture organizations are less likely than nonprofit and voluntary organizations in general to be registered charities. Just under half (46%) of them have charitable status, compared to more than half (56%) of organizations in the sector as a whole.”
Source: Imagine Canada, National Survey of Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations: Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada, 2006.
It our hope that this submission will help the CRA’s Charities Directorate to apply its new Guidance diligently, while allowing a greater proportion of arts organizations to be registered as charities.
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