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ACNC to Investigate ‰Û÷Basic Religious Charities‰Ûª

The ACNC has launched a project to contact not-for-profits that have wrongly been assessing themselves as Basic Religious Charities.

It’s thought that as many as 460 charities have been wrongly assessing their status, which allowed them to avoid submitting annual financial reports.

“Based on our analysis, we believe that these charities have incorrectly classified themselves as ‘Basic Religious Charities’ in their 2014 Annual Information Statements and we are now asking them to review their information,” a spokesperson for the ACNC said. A Basic Religious Charity is a particular kind of ACNC charity, and to be considered one, a charity must meet several criteria.

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