'DYING WITH DIGNITY' STRIPPED OF CHARITABLE TAX STATUS

Jan 20, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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A political activity audit by Canada Revenue Agency has resulted in the group ‘Dying with Dignity Canada’ losing its charitable tax status.

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The organization, which advocates for choice and dignity at the end of life, including physician-assisted death, says CRA informed it never should have received charitable status in the first place.

Canada Revenue says the group, a registered charity since 1982, does not advance education in the charitable sense.

The group does not plan to fight the move.

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And even though this means Dying with Dignity will no longer be able to issue tax receipts, CEO Wanda Morris tells the New AM 740’s Goldhawk Fights Back, there’s a benefit to the annulment.

”Because now we’ll be able to be much more effective as a political advocacy organization.  As a charity, we were always restrained in what we could say and how much we could say.  In 30 days, once we are no longer charitable … we will be a stronger voice.”

The annulment’s expected to come into effect on or after February 15th but that will not affect the tax deductibility of any donations made prior to that date.

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