The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is calling on 3 000 charities facing revocation in early June, to urgently submit their overdue reports.

This follows the revocation of nearly 2 000 charities from across Australia, for not completing their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statements earlier this month.

ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM explained that the majority of charities did the right thing and completed their reporting on time.

“The Australian public can be assured that the overwhelming majority of charities do good work in the community, are transparent and meet their ACNC obligations,” Ms Pascoe said.

Ms Pascoe urged charities on the ‘double defaulter’ list take action immediately.

“If you are on our double defaulter list and are an active charity, please submit your two overdue Annual Statements to avoid revocation.

“Submitting an Annual Information Statement is a requirement of being an ACNC registered charity and losing registration status will mean losing access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions.”

Ms Pascoe said that nearly one thousand charities previously on the ‘double defaulter’ list had submitted their outstanding Annual Information Statements and had avoided losing their charity status.

“Charities can access step-by-step guidance on our website at acnc.gov.au or charities can also contact our team via phone or email.”

Ms Pascoe said not only did submitting the overdue Statements mean that charities could avoid revocation, it would mean their entry on the ACNC Charity Register, available at acnc.gov.au/findacharity, was up-to-date.

“An accurate and up-to-date Charity Register listing shows the public that the charity is transparent, gives confidence to donors and grant-makers that the charity meets fundamental governance and financial management requirements, and provides an insight into the excellent work that it is doing in the community.

“The ACNC Charity Register is increasingly being accessed by the public to find information about registered charities. In fact, the Charity Register has been searched over half-a-million times since the establishment of the ACNC in December 2012.

“Charities can submit their 2013 and 2014 Annual Information Statements, which will instantly update their Charity Register listing, by logging into the Charity Portal at charity.acnc.gov.au.”

To check if a charity you are involved with is facing revocation, visit acnc.gov.au/doubledefaulters.

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