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The revocation of Beth Oloth Charitable Organization’s charity status was published on Jan. 12 in the Canada Gazette. On Jan. 25, the CRA released a 94-page document detailing its case against the organization.
The decision means the charity is no longer tax-exempt and thus cannot issue receipts to donors. It has 90 days to appeal the ruling.
The online source Charitydata listed Beth Oloth’s revenues in 2017 at $61 million – $31 million of which was received from other registered charities. The total eligible amount for which it issued tax receipts that year was $28 million. CRA rules permit a charity to donate to another Canadian charity.
The charity’s fortunes have fluctuated over the years: Charitydata shows revenue of $44.5 million for 2016 and $9.4 million in 2012. The CRA said it was largely inactive from 2003 to 2011.
The CRA document shows that Beth Oloth is registered to an address on Coldstream Avenue in Toronto. It was founded in 1980 and does not appear to have a website.
Rabbi David Ehrentreu, whose name is listed in the CRA documents as a principal with Beth Oloth, had no comment and advised The CJN to speak to his lawyer.
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