Kinder’s loss of char­ity sta­tus no cause for alarm

Euroa Gazette - - 2017 SPECIAL EVENTS DIARY - By WILL MUR­RAY

THE Euroa Kinder­garten is one of 86 Aus­tralian char­i­ties to lose their char­ity sta­tus on the Aus­tralian Char­i­ties and Not-for-Prof­its reg­is­ter (ACNC).

The ACNC said they re­voked the regis­tra­tion of the kinder and the other char­i­ties for twice fail­ing to sub­mit their An­nual In­for­ma­tion State­ments.

The ACNC say the kinder­garten now risks los­ing their ac­cess to Com­mon­wealth tax con­ces­sions.

“The or­gan­i­sa­tions that have lost their char­ity sta­tus were warned mul­ti­ple times to sub­mit their out­stand­ing re­ports,” Act­ing ACNC Com­mis­sioner David Locke said.

“Re­vok­ing char­i­ties that fail to meet their obli­ga­tions is an im­por­tant part of main­tain­ing trust and con­fi­dence in the not­for-profit sec­tor.

“As the na­tional char­ity reg­u­la­tor, it is im­por­tant that we pro­vide the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity with ac­cu­rate and up-to­date in­for­ma­tion on the Char­ity Reg­is­ter.

“The Char­ity Reg­is­ter con­tains in­for­ma­tion about a char­ity’s ac­tiv­i­ties, ben­e­fi­cia­ries, fi­nan­cial de­tails and more.

“The in­for­ma­tion on the Char­ity Reg­is­ter is largely col­lected from the An­nual In­for­ma­tion State­ments re­quired from char­i­ties to re­tain char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.”

How­ever, Sue Brown, pres­i­dent of Goul­burn Re­gion Preschools, said the de-regis­tra­tion of the kinder­garten was no need for con­cern, and that the cen­tre would re­tain its tax ben­e­fits and re­main a reg­is­tered char­ity un­der Vic­to­rian Con­sumer Af­fairs.

“The Euroa Kinder­garten is reg­is­tered as a char­ity through the De­part­ment of Con­sumer Af­fairs, and was also reg­is­tered through the Aus­tralian Char­i­ties and Not­For Profit Com­mis­sion (ACNC),” Ms Brown ex­plained.

“This made for a lot of pa­per­work for out vol­un­teer com­mit­tees at the kinder­gartens across the re­gion.

“We were hop­ing that reg­is­ter­ing with the ACNC would re­duce pa­per­work, be­cause it was billed as a new, na­tional reg­is­ter.

“That hasn’t been the case. We have now had to fill out pa­per­work for both con­sumer af­fairs and the ACNC, and we couldn’t keep up.”

Kinder­gartens are un­able to re­ceive tax de­ductible do­na­tions, how­ever do re­ceive tax de­duc­tions by be­ing reg­is­tered as char­i­ties.

Ms Brown re­it­er­ated that the ACNC’s de­ci­sion would have no con­se­quences on the kinder’s tax sta­tus.

“Not be­ing reg­is­tered with the ACNC has no ef­fect on the kinder­garten in terms of tax or do­na­tions or any­thing like that,” Ms Brown con­tin­ued.

“It just means that we won’t show up as a char­ity on the ACNC reg­is­ter if peo­ple were to search for us that way.

“We can still be found on the Vic­to­rian Con­sumer Af­fairs reg­is­ter.”

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