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New Ancillary Fund Guidelines Announced

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 5th May 2016 -  The federal government has made long awaited amendments to the private and public ancillary fund guidelines, deciding not to introduce a controversial treasury recommendation…

Simpler BAS for Some NFP Organisations

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 5th May 2016 -  The Australian Taxation Office is implementing changes to address community concerns about the costs associated with goods and services tax (GST) record keeping. To reduce these…

Enviro NGO Tax Inquiry Calls for Advocacy Limitations and Sanctions

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 4th May 2016 -  The federal government’s controversial inquiry into the tax status of environmental organisations has recommended limiting the amount of advocacy work organisations can do,

Tax Reform Now Off the Table Warns Housing NFP

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 26th April 2016 -    Australia faces not having any realistic tax reform for the next five years after the the federal government rejected calls for changes to capital gains tax and negative gearing

New Impact Investment Model for Medical Research

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 23rd March 2016 -  Australian Not for Profit AUSiMED has launched a venture philanthropy fund, utilising what it has called a new model of impact investing, to support globally significant medical

More Than 1,000 Organisations Lose Charity Status

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 22nd March 2016 -  The Australian charity regulator has revoked the charity status of 1,269 organisations for failing to complete two Annual Information Statements despite multiple reminders.

Charities Clamoring for Tax Office Endorsement

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 2nd February 2016 -  Australia’s tax office has received an average of more than five applications every day from charities wanting to be allowed to receive tax deductible gifts. A spokesperson for the…

Charity Loses Federal Court Tax Fight

Xavier Smerdon, Tuesday, 24th November 2015 -  An Australian organisation that claimed to be a charity and spent more than $1 million on luxury cars for its members has lost a Federal Court appeal to keep receiving charitable tax…

Australian Giving Stagnating – Review

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 20th August 2015 -  The proportion of Australians claiming a gift or donation is stagnant and remains below the level it reached in 1985-6, according to a report released by independent private wealth…

ACT Most Charitable State

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 30th April 2015 -  Australia’s most charitable state in 2012-13 was the Australian Capital Territory, according to the latest statistics from the Australian Tax Office – holding its top place…

Spotlight on Wealthy Tax Cheats

Xavier Smerdon, Monday, 20th April 2015 -  The Australian Taxation Office has announced a new targeted campaign to ensure wealthy Australians and their private groups do not dodge their tax obligations. Acting Second Commissioner…

Australian ‘Charity’ Fined Record $1.5 Million

Xavier Smerdon, Friday, 20th February 2015 -  The Federal Court has ordered the Australian promoters of an AIDS pharmaceuticals donation scheme to pay $1.5 million to the Australian Taxation Office, the highest civil penalty…
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