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Private individuals encouraged to continue charitable activities despite Charities Act requirements

Published:Saturday | May 17, 2014 | 12:49 PM

The Registrar of the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS), Errol Gallimore, is reassuring private individuals engaged in charitable activities that the new regime will continue to facilitate their goodwill.



Under the Charities Act, which was passed last year, organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief are required to register with the DCFS in order to access such benefits.



Prior to this, individuals who operate charities outside of Jamaica would request waiver letters from the Ministry of Finance to clear items donated to children’s homes, communities or organisations.



Gallimore says it is not the intent of the Charities Act to exclude private individuals engaged in these activities.



He says the DCFS wants to ensure that this type of charity continues under the new regime and, as a result, is inviting these persons to come in and seek guidance about what is required to facilitate their charity.



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