Have you ever walked into a store, paid for something with cash, then dumped some of your change into one of the donation tins / boxes which are situated on the counter?
If, however, you are someone who often donates in this manner, I think you should stop doing that immediately, and here is why:
When you drop your change into those donation bins, the money goes to the charity advertised, that we know for certain, but did you know that institution that has the tins, usually turns over that money to the charity and in turn, they receive a donation receipt which reduces their tax payable.
You are MUCH better off holding on to your change and then making a donation online to a registered Canadian Charity (The CRA provides a list of registered charities you might want to bookmark, here) and claiming the tax receipt for yourself.
It might seem like an insignificant adjustment to make, however, every dollar counts and it’s better to have the money in your pocket than in someone else’s!
Plus, the receipts add up over time, and before you know it. you can have a considerable amount of credits built up to use to reduce an amount owing or increase a refund.
Do you have to report a donation in the year you receive a receipt?
The CRA says, No.
You can carry forward donations you do not claim in the current year and claim them on your return for any of the next five years. But, you can only claim donations once. Also, you have to claim donations you carried forward from a previous year before you claim donations made in the current year. For donations of ecologically sensitive land made after February 10, 2014, the carry-forward period is ten years.
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