Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (ACNC) – 2013 Annual Information Statement – due date extended

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All charities that are registered with the ACNC are required to submit an Annual Information Statement.

For charities registered with the ACNC that use a 1 July – 30 June financial year, the date for submitting your 2013 Annual Information Statement (AIS) has been extended from 31 December 2013 to 31 March 2014.

If your charity uses a different financial year, then your AIS is not due until 6 months after the end of the financial year that you use. However, you must have made a request to the ACNC for a ‘substituted accounting period’, and had that request approved. An ACNC Form 4A can be used for this purpose, and is available from the ACNC website:  If you have not requested a substituted accounting period, the ACNC will assume you use the 1 July – 30 June financial year, and you must submit your AIS by 31 March 2014.

If you are unsure as to the financial year that has been recorded with the ACNC for your charity, contact the ACNC to check.

Religious Institutions – notification of religious purpose

If your registered charity exists for the advancement of religion, and was automatically registered with the ACNC on 3 December 2012 based upon your existing tax concession charity endorsement with the ATO, you need to notify the ACNC that your purpose is the advancement of religion by 2 December 2013. This is to allow you to continue to access additional charity tax benefits associated with being a registered religious institution. For those charities that submitted an AB Form or an AA Form to the ACNC, you will already have provided this notification. If in doubt, contact us.

If you have a query regarding your annual information statement, please contact us

We can assist you with understanding your obligations as a registered charity. Contact our Business Development Officers and they can book an appointment with our Brisbane Not for Profit and Charity lawyers.