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Income Tax Regulations

Version of section 5800 from 2004-08-31 to 2011-12-31:

  •  (1) For the purposes of paragraph 230(4)(a) of the Act, the required retention periods for records and books of account of a person are prescribed as follows:

    • (a) in respect of

      • (i) any record of the minutes of meetings of the directors of a corporation,

      • (ii) any record of the minutes of meetings of the shareholders of a corporation,

      • (iii) any record of a corporation containing details with respect to the ownership of the shares of the capital stock of the corporation and any transfers thereof,

      • (iv) the general ledger or other book of final entry containing the summaries of the year-to-year transactions of a corporation, and

      • (v) any special contracts or agreements necessary to an understanding of the entries in the general ledger or other book of final entry referred to in subparagraph (iv),

      the period ending on the day that is two years after the day that the corporation is dissolved;

    • (b) in respect of all records and books of account that are not described in paragraph (a) of a corporation that is dissolved and in respect of the vouchers and accounts necessary to verify the information in such records and books of account, the period ending on the day that is two years after the day that the corporation is dissolved;

    • (c) in respect of

      • (i) the general ledger or other book of final entry containing the summaries of the year-to-year transactions of a business of a person (other than a corporation), and

      • (ii) any special contracts or agreements necessary to an understanding of the entries in the general ledger or other book of final entry referred to in subparagraph (i),

      the period ending on the day that is six years after the last day of the taxation year of the person in which the business ceased;

    • (d) in respect of

      • (i) any record of the minutes of meetings of the executive of a registered charity or registered Canadian amateur athletic association,

      • (ii) any record of the minutes of meetings of the members of a registered charity or registered Canadian amateur athletic association,

      • (iii) all documents and by-laws governing a registered charity or registered Canadian amateur athletic association, and

      • (iv) all records of any donations received by a registered charity that were subject to a direction by the donor that the property given be held by the charity for a period of not less than 10 years,

      the period ending on the day that is two years after the date on which the registration of the registered charity or the registered Canadian amateur athletic association under the Act is revoked;

    • (e) in respect of all records and books of account that are not described in paragraph (d) and that relate to a registered charity or registered Canadian amateur athletic association whose registration under the Act is revoked, and in respect of the vouchers and accounts necessary to verify the information in such records and books of account, the period ending on the day that is two years after the date on which the registration of the registered charity or the registered Canadian amateur athletic association under the Act is revoked;

    • (f) in respect of duplicates of receipts for donations (other than donations referred to in subparagraph (d) (iv)) that are received by a registered charity or registered Canadian amateur athletic association and are required to be kept by that charity or association pursuant to subsection 230(2) of the Act, the period ending on the day that is two years from the end of the last calendar year to which the receipts relate; and

    • (g) notwithstanding paragraphs (c) to (f), in respect of all records, books of account, vouchers and accounts of a deceased taxpayer or a trust in respect of which a clearance certificate is issued pursuant to subsection 159(2) of the Act with respect to the distribution of all the property of such deceased taxpayer or trust, the period ending on the day that the clearance certificate is issued.

  • (2) For the purposes of subsection 230.1(3) of the Act, with respect to the application of paragraph 230(4)(a) of the Act, the required retention period for records and books of account that are required to be kept pursuant to section 230.1 of the Act is prescribed to be the period ending on the day that is two years after the end of the last calendar year to which the records or books of accounts relate.

  • [NOTE: Application provisions are not included in the consolidated text
  • see relevant amending Acts and regulations.]
  • SOR/81-725, s. 6
  • SOR/82-879, s. 2
  • SOR/94-686, ss. 51(F), 79(F)
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