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With 52 political activity audits currently underway, some cheap moncler coats stretching out two years and longer, charities say they been left in limbo, nervous about speaking out on any issue lest they provoke a negative ruling from the taxman.

And their legal bills are rising rapidly in some cases adding $100,000 to already strained budgets as they try to navigate often complex demands from CRA auditors.

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The initial wave of audits targeted just such groups, such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Tides Canada, Equiterre, and Environmental Defence all of whom are still awaiting outcomes. The CRA readily acknowledges that complaints are taken into account when deciding cheap moncler outlet which groups to audit.

But the circle has widened to include other charities that have also been burrs under buy moncler jackets the government saddle, including Amnesty International and the United Church of Canada Kairos charity, run with 10 other religious organizations to promote human rights.

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One group Physicians for Global Survival, an anti war organization was stripped of its charitable status in 2012 for violating rules on political activities, though that audit started before the latest blitz.

The tax agency will not comment on specific audits, their outcome, or even confirm they are taking place. In February, however, it said it expected to resolve about six other audits with education letters and compliance agreements by March.

The vast majority of these cheap moncler jackets political audits remain in process, hanging like a sword of Damocles over their nervous targets.

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His MA thesis, accepted last month, identified what he called an chill. interview data demonstrates that the government is now, in effect or by design, or the contribution of charities to public debates by them with CRA audits, his study concludes.

The current crop of political activity audits has prompted a sharp rebuke from the Canadian Council of Churches, which in April wrote directly to the prime minister about the effect of threats to revoke the charitable status of organizations that draw attention to policies that harm our world. Lawyers Rights Watch Canada wrote to a United Nations group about what it calls the space cheap moncler sale for dissent in Canada.

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