Criticise the Government and there goes your tax free status

October 16th, 2006 at 7:21 am by David Farrar

If a charity is judged by a seven member panel all appointed by the Government as doing too much “advoacy”, it can now be stripped of its tax free status.

So if an organisation which raises money for drought victims in Africa, criticises the Government for not contributing more, bang goes the tax free status. Plunket wouldn’t dare challenge the Government over it withdrawing funding for Plinketline, if the Government could retaliate by getting its mates to withdraw their charitable status.

On the plus side, if the churches ever try and organise another “Hikoi of Hope” as they did in 1999, then they can all be deregistered also! :-)

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