Why apply for charitable status?
Many groups in the community sector exist for purposes that the law recognises as being “charitable.” Because these groups provide a benefit to the public, they don’t have to pay tax on income that they earn.
To get this tax-exempt status – called “charitable status” – your group will need to register with the Charities Services section of the Department of Internal Affairs.
This section explains:
- how to register on the Charities Register
- what kinds of purposes qualify as “charitable” purposes
- Administrative responsibilities of registered charities
- removal from the Charities register