Charities missing in action?

Charities Missing in ActionWhen the ACNC commenced, the ATO transferred details of charities according to ATO records. As was expected, many of those details were incorrect so cleaning up the records has been a significant task for the ACNC staff.

No doubt, a number of the charities transferred from the ATO are no longer in operation. The ACNC has assumed this to be the case when it has received returned unopened mail and no other contact from particular charities. After public notices, 392 charities in this category had their charitable status revoked as of 19 January 2015.

There are over 1,400 charities that appear to be receiving mail but have failed to submit either their 2013 or 2014 annual information statements. The ACNC refers to them as “double defaulters” and intends to revoke their charitable status if the annual information statements are still outstanding as at 30 March 2015.

Has your charity, or a charity you know is in operation, been deregistered incorrectly? You can search www.acnc.gov.au for “revoked charities” and “double defaulters” to check. The ACNC has a separate process for reinstatement if an error has been made.

The ACNC expects to be publishing more lists in the future and has indicated that there are potentially another 7,000 double defaulting charities in their sights. To avoid any risk of seeing your charity’s name on those lists, ensure that you are up-to-date with ACNC reporting requirements. With our help, you can have peace of mind in knowing things are in order for your charity.

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