The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that they have started making automated courtesy calls notifying registered charities that the due date for filing their completed information return is approaching. Every registered charity, even those that are inactive, must file a complete information return each year, no later than six months after the end of its fiscal period. A charity's registered status may be revoked if it doesn't file.

The automated message states that the annual return must be filed shortly, and provides information about contacting the CRA for additional details. It does not include any taxpayer information.

If you received this call and your charity has already filed its return, disregard the message.

The CRA has strong practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA by using the numbers on its Telephone numbers page.