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Charities Regulatory Authority
What does this mean for charities?
The Charities Act 2009 was signed into law on the 28th February 2009, by the Department of Justice and Equality. Under Ministerial Order the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), Ireland’s national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations was established on 16th October 2014.
Charities Regulatory Authority. What does this mean for charities?
The Charities Act 2009 was signed into law on the 28th February 2009, by the Department of Justice and Equality. Under Ministerial Order the Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA), Ireland’s national statutory regulatory agency for charitable organisations was established on 16th October 2014. The Order also provides for the establishment of the Charity Appeals Tribunal and the dissolution of the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests for Ireland. Part 4 Protection of Charitable Organisations which allows the CRA statutory investigative powers and Part 7 Miscellaneous Provisions are expected to be commenced later in 2015. We highlight below the key impact and considerations for charities on the enactment of the Charities Act to date.
The Register of Charities
The CRA publishes the Register of Charities and this is now publicly available on www.charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie.
All charities including charitable trusts, body corporates and unincorporated bodies operating in Ireland must apply for registration (if not automatically registered through CHY status).
All charities with a CHY number as supplied by the Revenue Commissioners are currently listed on the register with basic information such as name, address, charitable purpose and new charity registration number. As part of this process you will be issued with a PIN from the CRA to create your online charity account with the CRA and update your charity information on the register over the next 4 to 6 months. The information requested may be as extensive as that required by a charity registering for the first time which is detailed in the next section.
Applying for Charity Registration
If you hold a CHY number you are already deemed to be registered. All non-CHY charities are required to register within six months of the CRA establishment that is by 15th April 2015. For charities registering for tax exemption status, you will still be required to complete a separate process with Revenue. If you are registering as a charity, you will need to provide the CRA with the following information to assess your application. For me information please dowload the attached document.