How to apply

What you will need to apply

Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure your application is processed as quickly as possible.

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10 steps to registration

The registration application process is summarised below:

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The name of your organisation

To be registered under the Charities Act 2005, your charity's name must meet the requirements of the Act

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Officer Certification

To be registered with Charities Services, your organisation must ensure that each of its officers is qualified to be an officer under the Charities Act 2005.

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Backdating registration applications

The Charities Act 2005 enables Charities Services to backdate registration to the date on which it received a properly-completed application, provided the organisation is qualified for registration at that date.

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Tax information

Inland Revenue administers charitable tax exemptions from things such as income tax, and gift duty for people who give gifts to charitable entities. Inland Revenue generally accepts Charities Services’ decisions regarding charitable registrations, so in most cases tax exemptions are approved.

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Ready to apply?

Read the information on this page if you are ready to apply for registration. The link to apply online is also on this page. 

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