Avoid Fraud & Donate Wisely

by Tax Guy - Burlington Accountant on May 14, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post

The Canada Revenue Agency issued a press release on March 31, 2008 advising Canadians to be aware of fraud involving charities.

To avoid giving donations to unscrupulous personal claiming charitable status, confirm the status of the organization by contacting the CRA at -800-267-2384 or checking their website at www.cra.gc.ca/donors, make sure you know who you are donating to, and ensure you receive an official receipt.

Make sure you:

  • Only write cheques payable to the charity and not an individual,
  • Refuse to donate if you recognize signs of fraud, and
  • Report fraud to PhoneBusters, the Canadian Anti-fraud Call Centre, at 1-888-495-8501.

About The Tax Guy...

Dean Paley CGA CFP is a Burlington accountant and financial planner who services individuals and business owners locally, nationally and internationally. Dean has appeared in the National Post, Toronto Star and Metro News.

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