NGOs working in fields abandoned by the state should receive that state’s
support, Finance Committee chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) said on
The Knesset Finance Committee approved tax benefits to donors of
NGOs operating in a variety of fields, including welfare, education, and
The benefit will be provided through a credit of 35 percent on
donations made to these NGOs, following review by the tax authority, and
provided they meet all the necessary criteria that the law stipulates, including
proper management and issuing of financial reports.
“In this way the
state saves itself large expenses that the state was supposed to finance, had it
provided the same services as these organizations,” said
Slomiansky said to the committee that in contrast to previous
meetings that had approved tax benefits to donors, this round of approvals was
delayed for numerous months by the Treasury.
The list of NGOs eligible
for tax benefits was only recently received by the committee, following his
appeals to the Treasury.
“Among the organizations [for approval], are
those active in the fields of education, welfare, and religion. For institutions
not funded by the government, donations are like oxygen. Approval of the benefit
is a real development for many of these public bodies, and the population groups
supported by them.
“I intend to do everything to help them, so long as
the state does not decide to take care of these issues,” said
Erez Orad, chief coordinator of the Department of Public
Institutions and Non-profit Organizations, also briefed the committee on the NGO
“We check for compliance in criteria through income
tax returns, including employee salaries – beginning with the senior
“The list of organizations, which was submitted on the desk of
the committee, included only organizations that were examined and that met all
the necessary criteria,” said Orad.
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