This past year, the directors of Canada Corporation of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) voted to separate Canadian “church operations” completely from American operations while maintaining the unity of “ecclesiastical functions.” The Council of Delegates, which manages the church between Synods, then ratified this move.
One point five million. A third of that to lawyers. The litigation over the CEAF tax fiasco appears to be at an end.
Two years ago, the Ontario-based Christian Economic Assistance Foundation (CEAF) was forced to shut its doors after Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked its charitable status. CEAF provided “arms-length, third-party grants to Christian schools” through its School Support Program, which involved accepting donations from parents that impacted their charitable donation tax credits. In 2013, more than 4,000 families received reassessment notices from CRA informing them of tax monies owed.