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GST/HST Registration for Associations, Not-For-Profits, or Registered Charities

By |2017-07-12T11:24:32-05:00December 15th, 2016|

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) publishes two guides for not-for-profit organizations (NFP): GST/HST Information for Non-Profit Organizations and GST/HST Information for Charities. CRA’s rules about GST/HST registration are at best complex for NFP organizations who are exempt from income tax—and even more so for registered charities. The goal of [...]

GST/HST: What Your Association or Registered Charity Needs to Know

By |2016-12-28T15:25:16-06:00September 1st, 2016|

 “The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers accountants.” These words were not spoken by the butcher in Shakespeare’s Henry The Sixth Part 2, rather they are from the mouth of a new treasurer of a not-for-profit association or registered charity who mistakenly thought that taxes and [...]

Event Cancellation and Keynote Speaker Insurance

By |2016-12-28T15:25:58-06:00March 3rd, 2016|

The cancellation of the 2012 New York City Marathon, due to Superstorm Sandy, was disappointing to the approximately 47,000 runners who dedicated months to train for the race, many of whom had already spent a significant amount of time and money to register and travel to New York for [...]

How Good Is Your Association Record Keeping?

By |2021-04-26T08:22:54-05:00December 17th, 2015|

A standardized file folder naming system, for both electronic and hard copy/paper documents, has many benefits that go beyond making it easier to find things, such as efficiency in training new staff, and reduced misfiling. Below is an overview of the system used by Strauss for association record keeping [...]

Sales Tax on Association Sponsorships and Tradeshow Booths

By |2016-12-28T15:27:14-06:00November 12th, 2015|

Sponsorships The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a published a guide GST/HST Information for Non-Profit Organizations; however, its section on sponsorships does not offer clear-cut information about sales tax on sponsorships. As an association management company, we add GST/HST to all sponsorships sold by our association clients, except under [...]

Sales Tax Tips for Meeting Planners and Association Managers

By |2015-09-17T09:45:29-05:00September 17th, 2015|

Unfortunately, the amount of sales tax to charge on conferences and events is far from straightforward. It is important to collect the correct amount of sales tax, because if the amount collected is too low, the event organizer is responsible for the difference—plus, “regular” interest and “penalty” interest. Another [...]

“Each One, Reach One”: Membership Drives and More

By |2015-06-16T11:47:51-05:00June 10th, 2015|

“Try it, you’ll like it”[1] is reportedly the earliest reported word of mouth campaign slogan. Word of mouth (WOM) is an effective and the least expensive way to market association memberships and conference registrations and something your association should consider as part of your next membership planning session Traditional [...]

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