MEDIA RELEASE

12 January 2016

No.161

Thousands of charities at risk of revocation

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is warning thousands of charities yet to complete their 2015 Annual Information Statement that there are serious consequences for not meeting this core obligation.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, urged charities to act now.

"31 January is the due date for the 2015 Annual Information Statement for charities that use a standard 1 July to 30 June reporting period,” Ms Pascoe said.

"This group includes around 30,000 registered charities, however, 19,000 are yet to submit with less than 3 weeks to go. Charities are urged not to leave it until the last minute, as thousands trying to access the systems at the one time can slow submission.

"More seriously, the ACNC has analysed the data and identified 3,200 charities that are at immediate risk of losing their charity status for failing to submit two Annual Information Statements.

"Registered charities can check their Annual Information Statement due date on their Charity Register listing at acnc.gov.au/findacharity.

“Submitting an Annual Information Statement to the ACNC each year is a legal requirement to maintaining registration,” Ms Pascoe said.

”The ACNC has already revoked or removed from the Charity Register over 9,000 organisations. We do this when organisations are not meeting their obligations under the ACNC Act .

“Charities that have their status revoked by the ACNC will also lose access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions. For example, deductible gift recipient status, income tax exemption, Fringe Benefits Tax rebates, and Goods and Services Tax concessions.

“The information in the Annual Information Statement is used to populate the Charity Register. The ACNC is committed to providing an accurate and up-to-date register for members of the community to access when making decisions about where to donate or volunteer.

“The Annual Information Statement gives the community free access to information about a charity’s activities, operations and finances.

“I always encourage members of the public to search the Charity Register, available free of charge at acnc.gov.au/findacharity, to ensure they are giving their time and money to a legitimate registered charity.

“Submitting an Annual Information Statement is not a difficult process, and the ACNC is always happy to help charities that need assistance.”

For help and support, charities are encouraged to visit acnc.gov.au/reporting, or contact the ACNC on 13 ACNC (13 22 62) or at advice@acnc.gov.au.

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