Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:04

Submission on the Tax Deductible Gift Recipient Reform Opportunities Discussion Paper

Concerning changes to DGR tax arrangements, it is our view that reform should respect the diversity of our sector whilst simultaneously eliminating unnecessary administrative, reporting, acquittal and compliance processes and associated costs. We welcome many of the proposals outlined in the Discussion Paper aimed at streamlining the governance of DGRs and eliminating complexity of the DGR application process.

We highlight, however, the following issues as particular areas of concern regarding proposals forwarded in the Discussion Paper:
• Reforms focussing on individual activities undertaken by charities, as opposed to their overarching purpose
• By extension, the possible erosion of the charities’ rights to undertake advocacy
• The introduction of additional review and audit processes to investigate continual compliance with DGR requirements over time, and
• Greater focus on the need to address other areas of regulation to create certainty and trust in the regime.

Our views regarding these issues are elucidated further below.

Additional Info

  • Submitted to: The Treasury
  • Regarding: Tax deductions
  • Date Submitted: Wednesday, 12 July 2017
  • Contact Name: Fay Mound
  • Contact Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Contact Phone: 0406 977 114
  • Policy area(s): Tax and transfer