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The ATO and ACNC are reminding charities and ancillary funds that the annual reporting period is fast approaching. Charities Charities registered with the ACNC (that have an annual year end of 30 June) have less than a week to submit their Annual Information Statement (AIS) to the ACNC. The AIS should be lodged via the online charity portal no later than 31 January 2017. We remind charities that the date their AIS is lodged will…
The ACNC Commissioner has just released the ACNC’s Interpretation Statement on Public Benevolent Institutions. The Interpretation Statement provides guidance on the ACNC’s interpretation of the law pertaining to Public Benevolent Institutions (PBI) and insight into how the ACNC and its staff will assess a charitable organisation’s entitlement for endorsement as a PBI. The Interpretation Statement will be binding on the ACNC staff in making their determinations for endorsement of charitable organisations as PBIs and…
As advised in Issue 1: Governance, during the course of advising charities and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations over many years, we have noticed some common issues that are important to our clients. Over the next few months, we will continue to run a series of short summaries of those legal issues that every charity and not-for-profit organisation should consider. This month we will deal with the topic of charitable tax concessions. Charities and some NFP organisations may be entitled to…
During the course of advising charities and not-for-profit organisations over many years, we have noticed some common issues that are important to our clients. Over the next few months, we will run a series of short summaries of those legal issues that every charity and not-for-profit organisation should consider. This month we will deal with the topic of governance. It is important that your organisation is well managed so it can focus on its mission and purpose. We recommend you consider the following: Do…
New NSW Associations Laws to Commence on 1 September 2016 Important amendments to the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW) and the Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 (NSW) will commence on 1 September 2016. These amendments will affect both existing Associations and the registration process for new Associations in NSW. The following summary highlights the key changes: The Model Rules (constitution) has been amended and updated. NOTE: these changes will take effect automatically from 1 September 2016…