Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission
Anna is the ACNC’s Assistant Commissioner – General Counsel. She is the senior legal advisor to the ACNC Commissioner and Advisory Board and has legal and operational oversight of the ACNC’s work regulating charities. Having worked at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for over 16 years prior to joining the ACNC, Anna has an extensive background in public administration. She led development of advice and guidance, determination of objections, and assurance and review work on high-wealth individuals, private groups and not-for-profit entities. Anna also oversaw Fringe Benefits Tax for the ATO. Anna is experienced in dispute resolution and litigation. She has appeared for the Commissioner of Taxation in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court in cases on income tax, GST and indirect tax, superannuation and not-for-profit matters. Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and a Master of Taxation. She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 2005. In the charity sector, Anna has spent several years volunteering for and on the boards of community legal centres.
Charity registration entitles entities to a range of Commonwealth tax concessions and other benefits. This session aims to help practitioners understand the requirements for charity registration, with a particular focus on the definitions of “charitable purpose” and “public benevolent institution”.