169 charities from across Australia have today had their charity status revoked by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
The national charity regulator issued a notice of revocation to the charities informing the charities of the loss of their ACNC registration.
ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said the charities had failed to complete two years of reporting and were likely inactive.
“Over the past three years of operation we’ve tried to reach these charities multiple times but letters have been returned unopened, emails have bounced back and our phone calls have found disconnected numbers,” Ms Pascoe said.
“These charities have also failed to complete their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statements.
“This is despite the overwhelmingly majority of charities having completed both Statements.
“99% or nearly 50 000 charities have completed their 2013 Annual Information Statement.
“83% have completed their 2014 Annual Information Statement and we are working with straggling charities to ensure they get their reports in.
“Most charities already collect the information we ask for in the Annual Information Statement, often for their members, funders or to include in their annual reports.”
Ms Pascoe said the ACNC was committed to maintaining an up-to-date register of Australia’s registered charities and that revoking the charities was part of that process.
“The ACNC Charity Register is Australia’s free, searchable, online database of registered charities and we are continuously reviewing the charities and data on it so that members of the public have access to accurate and up-to-date information.
"Members of the public expect that only charities that are active and compliant with their obligations remain on it.”
Ms Pascoe added that the charities will lose access to all Commonwealth charity tax concessions they were previously entitled.
“Only charities registered with the ACNC can receive charity tax concessions from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO),” Ms Pascoe said.
“ACNC registration is required to access a number of Commonwealth charity tax concessions, including income tax exemption, fringe benefit rebates/exemption and GST rebates.
“Some deductible gift recipient (DGR) categories require charities to be registered with the ACNC to receive DGR status.
“We will notify the ATO of these revocations.”
The Notice of Revocation is available online at acnc.gov.au/doubledefaulters
The ACNC Charity Register is available at acnc.gov.au/findacharity
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