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Charities Act 2005

 

The passing of the Charities Act 2005 (which came into force on the 20th April 2005) has put in place a process for the registration of charities.  

 

Previously there has been no ‘independent watchdog’ monitoring charities’ activities, and therefore there were no means by which the donating public could check to see whether their donations were being used for the stated charitable activities and purposes that charitable organisations claimed to carry out.

 

Because of this concern, the Government has established a Charities Commission as a new Crown Entity under the new Act. 

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Gift duty is not payable on money or assets which pass under your will. Therefore, you can leave $1,000,000 to someone in your will and it is not classified as a gift.
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