YEAR-END: What to do?

DEADLINE for a donation to be accepted in a calendar year

DEADLINE for a donation to be accepted in a calendar year
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Revised on November 11th, 2015
ANSWER: Until December 31st at 11:59 pm OR at beginning of January when received by mail IF POSTMARKED ON DECEMBER 31st THE LATEST.

For more details, scroll THE RIGHT MARGIN OF THIS WEBPAGE to find answers to the most common questions on this subject.

For the majority of people who attend our worship services, the last Sabbath of December is the last day of the year to give a last donation for the calendar year, to "get in order with God" and to benefit from the generous tax credits of our federal and provincial governments for the current year.  But ...

There are always a few who, because of forgetfulness or because they are not yet ready, can not give their final gift on the last Sabbath of the year.

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR THOSE LATECOMERS? 
See ON THE RIGHT MARGIN OF THIS WEBPAGE to find answers to the most common questions on this subject.
 
All our answers are based on specific legislation statements mentioned below:
- « When was the gift received? A charity can only issue a receipt for the 2011 tax year if the donation was received in 2011. If the postmark on the envelope containing the donor’s payment is dated on or before December 31, 2011, this is also acceptable. »
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/cmmnctn/nwslttrs/cnnctn/cnnctn10-eng.html
- We are really talking here of « Date donation received ».
http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/pbs/rcpts-eng.html
Revised on November 11th, 2015
QUESTION : Can a donor give a donation on the first Sabbath of the year and expect an official donation receipt for the previous year? 

ANSWER: NO

Gifts received after the end of the year may not be added to the previous year's donations, even if the cheque is dated as of the previous December.  A prior date on a cheque has nothing to do with the date the donation is received.

Revised on November 11th, 2015

QUESTION : Can a donor bring his donation in person before the end of the year? 

ANSWER: YES
A donor can bring you his donation until 11:59 pm on the 31st of December.

QUESTION : Can a donor send his donation by mail before the end of the year?

ANSWER: YES
For a donation to be acceptable, the postmark on the envelope containing the donor’s payment must be dated on or before December 31.

QUESTION : Can a donor give his donation before the end of the year to a church officer who will bring it to the Treasury at the beginning of the following year?

ANSWER: YES, but ...
... Make sure the treasurer is not only aware, but has received in his hands your donation because the church officer (to whom you gave your donation) may forget about it!

Here, we are looking at the principle of the law.  The donor made his donation last year: his donation was no more under his control.
It's the same idea with the postmark on the envelope of a donation sent by mail before the end of the calendar year.
The officer (who has in his possession such a donation given to him exceptionally before the end of the year) will contact the treasurer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to inform him/her of this late donation to come.