The national charity regulator has warned that 1,400 charities face losing access to a range of Commonwealth tax concessions if they do not submit their overdue reporting before 30 March 2015.
The charities will have their charity status revoked for not submitting their Annual Information Statement to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) for two consecutive years. Maintaining charity status with the ACNC is a requirement to being able to access a range of tax concessions from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said that charities could avoid revocation by submitting their overdue Statements.
“Both the 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statement should not take charities very long to complete.
“It’s a way for charities to demonstrate transparency and inform the donating public about their activities.
“The ACNC can help if required and have a dedicated Advice Services team that can be contacted via phone or email.
Ms Pascoe said the ACNC had made multiple failed attempts to get in contact with these charities and that revocation was a last resort.
“Revoking charity status is a significant step and one that we do not take lightly. However, we have made numerous attempts to get in contact with these charities and these charities have still not completed their reporting.
“These charities have failed to respond to numerous reminders and missed multiple deadlines.”
Ms Pascoe said that revoking charities that do not meet their ACNC obligations was in the public’s interest.
“Our broader aim with revoking these charities is to safeguard the public and ensure that they only donate to charities that meet their obligations.
“Having charity status is a privilege granted to organisations that serve a charitable purpose.
“The public can be assured that only charities that submit their reporting so that we can verify they are operating for a charitable purpose get access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions.
“Charities should note that they may stand to lose their deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, making donating to these charities less attractive for donors."
The charities facing revocation include a range of charitable trusts, religious organisations, parent associations and health charities.
A further 7 000 double defaulters may have their charity status revoked by the ACNC in the coming months.
Charities can submit their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statement by logging into the Charity Portal at charity.acnc.gov.au
For help and support, charities are encouraged to contact the ACNC on 13 ACNC (13 22 62) or email email@example.com.
For the full list of charities facing revocation, visit acnc.gov.au/doubledefaulters.
Charities facing revocation by state:
- Australian Capital Territory - 50
- New South Wales - 500
- Northern Territory - 15
- Queensland - 260
- South Australia - 180
- Tasmania - 30
- Victoria - 170
- Western Australia - 190
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