Kinder’s loss of charity status no cause for alarm
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.”