Registered charities that use a standard reporting period of 1 July to 30 June are now able to log into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission’s (ACNC) Charity Portal, and lodge their 2015 Annual Information Statement.
These charities will have until 31 January 2016 to submit their 2015 Annual Information Statement, a one month extension.
Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner of the ACNC, announced the extension as follows:
“The extension provides charities an extra month to take into account the ACNC’s closure during the Christmas and New Year period, when our Advice Services team will be unavailable to assist,” Ms Pascoe said.
“Charities that use a different reporting period are required to submit their 2015 Annual Information Statement within six months. For example, registered charities that report on a calendar year will be required to submit by 30 June.”
The ACNC recommends that charities submit early.
“As the due date nears, the system can experience slowness caused by the increased traffic. This can be avoided by submitting the Annual Information Statement in the weeks and months before the 31 January 2016 due date.
The ACNC reported that searches of the Charity Register spike around Christmas time.
“Submitting early means that donors searching the Charity Register around the Christmas period will have access to the most up-to-date information about a charity”.