MEDIA RELEASE

8 February 2016

No.163

Two charities lose ACNC registration

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has revoked the charity status of Help Save The Furry Ones (ABN 56711220026) and White Ridge Rescue Inc (ABN 51 884 753 211)

The decisions to revoke each charity’s status, which took effect on 2 February 2016, follows investigations into the organisations’ operations and activities. The revocation of the Help Save The Furry Ones’ charity status is effective from 1 July 2013, and the revocation of White Ridge Rescue Inc’s status is effective 28 January 2015.

The charities have 60 days to apply to the ACNC for an internal review of the respective decisions.

Help Save The Furry Ones is based in South Australia and, according to the Australian Business Register (ABR), was established in July 2011. Its registration as a charity was transferred from the Australian Taxation Office to the ACNC on 3 December 2012 – the date the ACNC was established.

The ABR records show that the organisation had access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions, including Deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, GST Concession, Income Tax Exemption, and FBT Rebate.

White Ridge Rescue Inc is based in Victoria and, according to the ABR, was established in December 2014. It had access to GST Concession, Income Tax Exemption, and FBT Rebate.

Both organisations will lose access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions following the revocation of their charity status.

Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM said the ACNC’s approach to compliance activity was proportionate.

“We take a proportionate approach to compliance activity, starting with education and guidance,” Ms Pascoe said.

“Revocation of registration is reserved for serious circumstances where a charity has failed to meet its obligations or has deliberately contravened the ACNC Act.”

The ACNC is prevented from disclosing the details of compliance cases by secrecy provisions in the ACNC Act. However, the ACNC will publish instances in which it uses its formal powers, including revocation, on the Charity Register.

For more information about the ACNC’s compliance activity, including the full list of charities that have had their registrations revoked following compliance investigations, visit acnc.gov.au/compliancedecisions.

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