Charitable Entities – are you registered and have you filed your Annual Return?

Charities on the Charities Register are required, by law, to file an Annual Return. If an Annual Return is not filed in time, or after notice of the requirement to file, the Charities Commission can remove that charity from the Register thus depriving it of its charitable status. The flow on effect can be loss of tax exemptions. It is also illegal to claim to be a registered charity if not registered.

To ensure that your charitable entity complies with the Charities Act 2005, make sure a reminder to file Annual Returns is included your AGM or other meeting schedule and that your officer and organisation contact details are up to date.

If you have any questions regarding compliance or applying for charities registration under the Act, please call on 04 472 9632 or email richard.chiu@slaw.co.nz