charity tax scams in Canada - Charity

  David I lost the answer about charity tax scams.  Can you
resend it
here it is. Watch out, there are presentations all over  Canada
right now.
Subject:        Charity scam
Expert:         taxman at
Date:           Tuesday August 01, 2006
Time:           11:20 AM -0700
Ref your AM600 presentation 30/Jul/06. This refers to the scam of
$10000 to a charity and claiming a face value of 50000.
could you please send me info regarding the same.
QUESTION: Do you recommend or can you comment on Canadian
Trust, please.
david ingram replies:
I would not touch it but have no time to spend on it.
GOTO and read
what it has to
Then Goto
=0 and
start reading back up from the bottom.
The following is another answer I gave previously
You may find it useful
My question is: Canadian-specific
QUESTION: How do feel about an organization such as Universal
Fund Trusts
based in Markham Ont who charitable tax receipts of $5000 for
each $100
donated? Is this allowed in the Canadian income tax act. Whom
would you
recommend in the Kitchener- Waterloo Ontario area?
Thanking you in advance
david ingram replies:
I would not touch the Charity deal with a ten foot Pole or an
eleven foot
Englishman.  There are a whole bunch of these charitable schemes
set up and
the CRA shut most of them down a year and a half ago.
A charitable deduction should represent the invested funds and
giving stale
dated drugs or revalued artwork may be a legitimate venture on a
one time
basis, they do not stand up to scrutiny when peddled by a bunch
of boiler
room people.
There are things that people miss however.  For instance, if you
owned stock
or land or mutual funds and wanted to give money to your
favourite charity,
the best way is to give the actual land, stock or mutual funds.
A little
known fact in the tax act, cuts your tax in half on any capital
gains when
you give the actual stock, etc., to your charity. This is really
when it comes to estates and wills.
Sorry, I do not have anyone to recommend in the Kitchener
Waterloo area
although I know it reasonably well having attended the University
of Guelph
a way back when.
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