Law Reform · Access to Justice

EDOs submission: Tax Deductible Gift Recipient reform

29 July, 2017

Do you recognise the importance of EDOs and other environment groups across Australia? Read our submission on tax deductible gift recipient reform online. And find out how to get your own submission in by Friday 4 August 2017.

EDOs of Australia support a strong and efficient charity and DGR sector that recognises the wide range of activities that contribute to local and systemic environmental outcomes in Australia and internationally. This includes environmental law and support services, advocacy, research, information, education, overseas capacity-building and local conservation work.

Read the full submission from EDOs of Australia.

This submission outlines:

  • Why charitable status and tax concessions are important to EDOs across Australia;
  • How environmental charity status and tax concessions provide public benefits;
  • Responses to Questions in Treasury’s Tax Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Reform Discussion Paper.

Overall we recommend that the Australian Government and Treasury:

  • Support a strong and efficient charity and DGR sector by maintaining existing taxation concessions for charities and donors;
  • Reject the proposal that all environmental organisations must divert at least 25-50% of tax-deductible donations to ‘environmental remediation works’, and related limitations targeting environmental organisations;
  • Continue to recognise the wide range of activities that contribute to local and systemic environmental outcomes in Australia and internationally – including environmental law and support services, advocacy, research, information, education, overseas capacity-building and local conservation work;
  • Support the ACNC to assist and regulate all charities (and many DGRs); and
  • Take opportunities for minor, well-planned changes to increase administrative efficiency and maintain the high level of public trust in DGRs and charities.

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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