The ATO has been receiving an average of five or more applications every day from charities wanting to register for tax deductible gift (DGR) status.
A spokesperson for the Australian Taxation Office told Pro Bono Australia News that over the last year it had received more than 2,000 applications.
“We are committed to providing a timely and high quality service to the sector. Currently 97 per cent of all DGR applications are processed by the ATO within the service commitment of 28 days of receiving all required information,” the spokesperson said.
“Some DGR categories require approval from another government department before it can obtain DGR endorsement, for example the cultural gifts program, Register of Environmental Organisations, Register of Harm Prevention Charities, and Overseas Aid Gift Deductibility Scheme.
“This process generally requires ministerial approval and can therefore be delayed depending on priorities. Once the organisation is approved the DGR application form is then sent to the ATO to finalise the endorsement process.
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