Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

Canada Revenue Agency - Toronto Tax Services Office

March 07, 2005 14:24 ET

CRA is Revoking Registered Charity Status of The Lord's Evangelical Church of Deliverance and Prayer of Toronto


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FOR: CANADA REVENUE AGENCY

MARCH 7, 2005 - 14:24 ET

CRA is Revoking Registered Charity Status of The
Lord's Evangelical Church of Deliverance and Prayer of
Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - The Canada Revenue
Agency (CRA) is revoking the registered charitable status of the Lord's
Evangelical Church of Deliverance and Prayer of Toronto (the "Church").
The revocation is effective March 5, 2005 by way of a notice in the
Canada Gazette (http://canadagazette.gc.ca).

The CRA determined that the Church was not complying with the rules as
set out in the Income Tax Act. In particular, it was found that the
Church had provided inappropriate gifts and improper benefits to
members, and the Church did not keep adequate books and records. The
Federal Court of Appeal agreed that the Church was in contravention of
the requirements of the Income Tax Act and that the Minister's decision
to revoke was correct. As a consequence, the CRA is revoking the
Church's charitable status.

The vast majority of the more than 80,000 Canadian registered charities
operate within the rules set out in the Income Tax Act. However, when an
organization is not complying with these rules and, thereby harming
public trust in charities, the CRA takes an active role to ensure
compliance by all registered charities.

The CRA reminds Canadians to find out about an organization before they
donate. For example, prospective donors should find out whether an
organization is registered for tax purposes, how much of its funds are
spent on charitable work, and what kinds of charitable work it performs.

More information about specific charities is available at
www.cra.gc.ca/charitylists or by calling the CRA's Charities Directorate
at 1-800-267-2384.

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