New policy clears path for tax receipts from donations to tribute centre, other projects

HUMBOLDT — A new policy passed by Humboldt council aims to clarify when citizens receive charitable tax receipts after donating to civic projects.

Since 2012, municipal and public bodies performing a function of government in Canada are allowed by the Canada Revenue Agency to issue charitable tax receipts, as long as they are registered. According to the agency, the City of Humboldt has been registered since 2012.

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The policy, passed at the April 26 council meeting, was spurred on by the campaign to raise money for a Humboldt Broncos Tribute Centre.

“Currently, there is no policy in place so the adoption of the policy would provide a clear guideline to follow for the issuing of the receipts,” Jace Porten, the city’s finance manager, told council.

The policy requires that council approve every capital project or activity to be eligible for a tax receipt. To approve it, council must determine that it provides a benefit for the community.

Michael Behiel, Humboldt mayor, said the new policy was an excellent idea and that it might encourage additional donations.

As soon as the policy was passed, council voted to approve the Humboldt Broncos Tribute Centre as a project that can be donated to and receive charitable tax receipts.

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