The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is reminding charities to complete and lodge their 2015 Annual Information Statement (AIS) by the due date of 31 January 2016 (for charities that use a standard 1 July to 30 June reporting period).
ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, is urging charities who have not yet lodged their 2015 AIS to act now.
“Charities are urged not to leave it until the last minute, as thousands trying to access the systems at the one time can slow submission.
Submitting an Annual Information Statement to the ACNC each year is a legal requirement to maintaining registration,” Ms Pascoe said.
The ACNC has analysed the data and identified 3,200 charities that are at immediate risk of losing their charity status for failing to submit two Annual Information Statements. The ACNC has already revoked or removed from the Charity Register over 9,000 organisations.
“Charities that have their status revoked by the ACNC will also lose access to Commonwealth charity tax concessions. For example, deductible gift recipient status, income tax exemption, Fringe Benefits Tax rebates, and Goods and Services Tax concessions”.
Registered charities can check their Annual Information Statement due date on their Charity Register listing.
The information in the AIS is used by the ACNC to populate the Charity Register. The ACNC is committed to providing an accurate and up-to-date register for members of the community to access when making decisions about where to donate or volunteer.
“The Annual Information Statement gives the community free access to information about a charity’s activities, operations and finances”, Ms Pascoe said.
For help and support, charities are encouraged to visit the ACNC website, or contact the ACNC on 13 ACNC (13 22 62).