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Tax relief proposed for community housing

The Government has announced that it will introduce legislation to Parliament to provide that assisting low-income families into home ownership will be exempt from income tax.

The law change is considered necessary after the Charities Commission (the functions of which have been taken over by the Department of Internal Affairs – Charities) decided that assisting people into home ownership was not always charitable. These decisions, which have been confirmed by the High Court have resulted in a charitable trust being deregistered (Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust) another having its registration re-instated (Liberty Trust); and have left a number of trusts uncertain about their tax status or facing unexpected tax liabilities.

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Clarification regarding blue pencil

The recent decision in Canterbury Development Corporation & Ors v Charities Commission (see cch.co.nz) provides a useful consideration of the “blue pencil” provisions in s. 61B of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.  Essentially s. 61B can be used to delete provisions of a trust that invalidate a charitable purpose.  However,  although the section refers to a “trust”, the High Court has interpreted the legislation broadly and to be read as referring to a charitable entity rather than to be limited to a charitable trust.  Although this decision did not assist the appellant in this case, it provides a useful clarification regarding the scope and limitations of s.61B .

International Charities’ help required

Are you an international charity that has recently applied for listing on Schedule 32 of the Income Tax Act 2007?  Or do you have a client in this position?  If so, we would like to hear from you.

Very briefly, Schedule 32 status is afforded to a select few international charities, and with the lifting of the caps on donations credits and deductions, there has been a flood of applications to be listed.

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Sporting charities

Recent publicity surrounding funding of local sports clubs following the decision in Travis Trust , highlights the difficulties that exist for sporting bodies that seek registration as a charity.

While many sporting bodies are registered as tax charities, the charitable status of many sports is as best unclear.

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