Today the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) announced it will revoke the registration of up to 1,400 charities for not lodging an Annual Information Statement for two consecutive years.

The 1,400 ‘double defaulters’ have 28 days to submit their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statements or they will have their charity status revoked on 30 March 2015. Charities that have their status revoked by the ACNC will lose access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions, such as income tax exemption, Fringe Benefits Tax rebates and Goods and Services Tax concessions.

An additional 7,000 double defaulters may have their charity status revoked by the ACNC in the coming months.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said the announcement showed the ACNC was committed to providing the community with an accurate, up-to-date Charity Register and enforcing compliance with the ACNC Act.

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

“It is not a difficult process and the ACNC can help charities that need assistance. Annual Information Statements are published on the national Charity Register, so that the community can find out information about their activities and operations.

“In the vast majority of cases the guidance, support and friendly reminders we provide are enough to help charities submit their Annual Information Statements. This is evidenced by the extremely high compliance rate achieved by registered charities in 2014. For example, 47,000 charities filed their 2013 Annual Information Statement, and many are lodging their 2014 statements now.

“However double defaulters, meaning those charities that have not lodged Annual Information Statements for two consecutive years, have ignored repeated reminders and warnings and have persistently failed to comply.

“Members of the public can rest assured that we will continue to revoke the status of those organisations which are not operating in accordance with the ACNC Act and the ACNC governance standards, so they can give confidently to bona fide registered charities.

“I encourage members of the public to always search the Charity Register, which publishes the information charities provide in their Annual Information Statements, to ensure they are giving their time and money to legitimate registered charities.

“The Charity Register is available at acnc.gov.au/findacharity.”

Registered charities facing revocation are strongly encouraged to complete their outstanding Annual Information Statements within the next 28 days to ensure they retain their charity status.

This announcement follows a number of reminder letters, emails and newsletters, advertising in both regional and metropolitan areas, an online and social media campaign, and 36 face-to-face sessions across the country.

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

For the full list of charities facing revocation, visit acnc.gov.au/doubledefaulters.

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