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DGR reform proposals

August 2018

The Commonwealth Treasury has outlined details of proposed changes to the rules for Deductible Gift Recipients (DGRs) in a Consultation Paper released on 22 August 2018. If enacted in law, DGRs which are not already registered as charities will need to take action, and those with multiple public funds may be able to streamline their arrangements.

The future of these reforms is uncertain following the changes to the federal government’s ministry last week. Kelly O’Dwyer, the former Minister for Revenue and Financial Services was sponsoring the changes. At the time of writing it is not yet clear which Minister will now have responsibility for these reforms.

Submissions regarding the proposed changes can be made to Treasury, by the closing date of 17 September 2018.

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