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Registered charities need to be endorsed to receive concessions for income tax, GST or fringe benefits tax.
They apply for endorsement using an Application for endorsement as a tax concession charity.
Registered charity means an entity that is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a charity.
To be a charity, your organisation must:
If your organisation is a charity, you can choose whether or not you want to register it with the ACNC. However, your organisation must be registered by the ACNC before we can endorse it to access charity tax concessions.
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For more information about the definition of a charity and the registration process with the ACNC, visit acnc.gov.auExternal Link.
Different tax concessions are available for registered charities that also register with the ACNC as a particular type of charity, such as a public benevolent institution or a health promotion charity.
For an overview of the different types of charities, refer to Types of non-profit organisations - Tax basics for non-profit organisations.
Registered charities must be endorsed by us before they can access one or more of the following tax concessions:
To be endorsed as income tax exempt, your registered charity must meet certain additional requirements.
For more information about the requirements that a registered charity must meet to be entitled to endorsement to access income tax exemption, refer to Endorsement to access charity tax concessions.
If a registered charity wants to receive tax deductible gifts, it should seek endorsement as a DGR.
Registration with the ACNC is voluntary. However, charities must be registered if they want to access charity tax concessions. To access charity tax concessions, a charity must first obtain an Australian business number (ABN), then register with the ACNC and then be endorsed by us.
Visit acnc.gov.auExternal Link for more information about how to:
If your organisation is already registered with the ACNC but did not apply for endorsement by us using the ACNC's registration application form, download our Application for endorsement as a tax concession charity.
For more information on the endorsement process (including income tax consequences once a registered charity is endorsed and income tax obligations if a charity is not registered and endorsed), refer to Endorsement to access charity tax concessions.
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