Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

December 22, 2010 10:15 ET

Only 10 Days Left to Make a Charitable Donation Count for the 2010 Tax Year

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2010) -

Did you know…

… that charitable donations must be made by December 31, 2010 in order to qualify for a tax credit in the 2010 tax year?

Important facts

  • Use the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listings at www.cra.gc.ca/charitylists to:
    • confirm charities' registration status;
    • locate charities in your neighbourhood;
    • learn about charities' activities and programs; and
    • review charities' financial information.
  • The first $200 you donate to registered charities or qualified donees is eligible for a federal tax credit of 15%. After the first $200, the credit increases to 29% of the amount over $200.
  • You do not have to claim all the donations you made this year on your current-year return. You can carry forward any donations that you do not claim in the current year and claim them on your return for any of the next five years.
  • To claim a tax credit, you will need an official donation receipt. Registered charities do not have to issue receipts. So, if you are planning to claim a tax credit, check the charity's receipting policy before you donate.
  • Gifts of services do not qualify for official donation receipts.

Learn more

To learn more about donating wisely, go to www.cra.gc.ca/donors, call 1-800-267-2384, or watch the Giving to Registered Charities 101 videocasts on the CRA YouTube channel.

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    613-952-9184
    or
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    Erin Filliter
    Director of Communications
    613-995-2960