Media Advisory - Benefic Lawyers Available to Discuss Supreme Court of Canada decision on the charitable status of amateur sport organizations



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Benefic Lawyers, a boutique law firm
specializing in charity law is available to discuss the implications of
tomorrow's Supreme Court of Canada decision. The case of Ontario's Amateur
Youth Soccer Association v. Canada Revenue Agency will determine whether or
not organizations that promote amateur sport and physical fitness should be
eligible for tax benefits that come with registered charity status.
    The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) deems that sport "in itself" is not a
charitable purpose in applying registered charity provisions. Therefore the
majority of Canadian amateur sports clubs, whether they promote children's
gymnastics, women's soccer, or junior hockey, are unable to issue charitable
tax receipts for gifts made to them.
    In 2005, Benefic Lawyers challenged this position by appealing CRA's
decision to deny registered charity status to AYSA. The appeal will be ruled
on October 5, 2007 by the Supreme Court of Canada.
    Internationally recognized Charity and Tax lawyer Blake Bromley and
Kathryn Chan are available to discuss the outcome of the appeal and its
implications for Canadian families.





For further information:

For further information: Benefic Lawyers: Main (604) 683-7006, Kathryn
Chan, Direct (604) 633-9652, www.beneficgroup.com; Media Contact: David
Davies, HarbourWerks Strategies, ddavies@harbourwerks.com, C) (250) 744-7415,
O) (250) 382-4332

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