Tax Day is coming – what FirstService Relief Fund donors need to know

As tax season approaches, you’re likely swamped with tax forms and other paperwork necessary for filing your returns. If you’ve contributed to the FirstService Relief Fund (thank you for your generosity!), you might be wondering how to document your donations for tax purposes.

Here’s what you need to know:

In 2023, we launched the FirstService Relief Fund Canada, operated by EAF Canada. This means that Canadian donors can now receive tax credits, which wasn’t an option with the previous fund.

  • In Canada, all donations qualify for a tax credit. EAF Canada is a registered charity with business number 790145668RR0001.
  • In the United States, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. EAF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, public, nonprofit organization with Tax ID 45-1813056.

The acceptable forms of documentation are the same regardless of whether you’re based in Canada or the US.

Automatic Payroll Donors

For those who donate through automatic payroll deductions, your end-of-year pay stub, along with a completed copy of your payroll deduction enrollment form, serves as acceptable documentation.

Check Donors

If you donated by check, you can use cancelled checks as documentation for gifts under $250. For checks of $250 or more, the Emergency Assistance Foundation (EAF), our third-party Fund administrator, will provide written acknowledgements.

Credit/Debit Card Donors

For credit/debit card donations under $250, you may provide credit/debit card statements. Donors of higher amounts can expect to receive acknowledgements from EAF.

Please note: All credit card donors receive an immediate confirmation and thank-you email from the Emergency Assistance Foundation (EAF). Additionally, you’ll receive an email acknowledgement letter from EAF the first of the following month. EAF does not send out a year-end letter.

We extend our gratitude to all our generous donors for their support. Remember, 100% of donations to the FirstService Relief Fund directly assist our people in need. Every dollar counts, and no contribution is too small.

For any questions, refer to the FirstService Relief Fund donations FAQ documents .

For inquiries regarding the tax treatment of donations, please consult your local tax professional.