Please note that the following document, although believed to be correct at the time of issue, may not represent the current position of the CRA.
Prenez note que ce document, bien qu'exact au moment émis, peut ne pas représenter la position actuelle de l'ARC.
Please note that the following document, although believed to be correct at the time of issue, may not represent the current position of the Department.
Prenez note que ce document, bien qu'exact au moment émis, peut ne pas représenter la position actuelle du ministère.
XXXXXXXXXX F.B. Fontaine
November 7, 1994
Re: Application to become an Approved Association
This is in reply to your letter of August 24, 1994 in which you requested that XXXXXXXXXX be registered as an "approved association", as the term is used in clause 37(1)(a)(ii)(A) of the Income Tax Act (the "Act") for the purpose of the scientific research and experimental development ("SR&ED") tax incentives.
In order that an association may obtain "approved" status, it is necessary that certain information and documents in respect of the association be submitted to the Department for consideration.
The list of approved associations that you mentioned is only for internal purposes. The terms "association" or "organization" used below include a corporation.
We describe below the requirements in respect of the application for, and the granting of, such approved status:
1.An association, in order to be considered "approved" for the purposes of section 37 of the Act, must receive written approval from our Minister.
2.In order for an organization to become an approved association, it must meet the criteria of a non-profit organization and be able to demonstrate that it is able to carry out SR&ED on an ongoing basis. More specifically, all the following requirements must be met:
(a)It must have the facilities and personnel capable of carrying out SR&ED as defined in the Act.
(b)It must carry on only activities that are unquestionably SR&ED.
(c)It must satisfy the requirements for non-profit status; such as, no personal benefit to members, no control of other associations, satisfactory provisions for distribution of assets upon dissolution, etc..
(d)The general public must be a beneficiary of the results of any successful research.
(e)The funding of the association must be sufficient to ensure ongoing SR&ED.
3.There is no charge by our Department to approve an association. However, in order to do so, we would require copies of the following documentation relating to the organization and its activities:
(a)identification of the legislation under which the association was created;
(b)copies of the organization's charter, code of ethics and by-laws which should indicate that the organization does satisfy all requirements in clause 37(1)(a)(ii)(A) of the Act and the post-amble thereto, as well as how its property will be distributed in the event of a wind-up;
(c)a detailed description of the association's arrangements for obtaining funds;
(d)a detailed description of the association's arrangements for disbursing funds;
(e)financial statements for prior years; and
(f)details of the research activities to be carried out by the association in the future and evidence that it has the staff and facilities to carry out such activities.
We hope the above comments will be helpful to you. Should you require any additional information, do not hesitate to contact us.
Partnerships and Trusts Division
Policy and Legislation Branch
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