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Public benefit status
Public benefit status is aimed to distinguish public benefit and mutual benefit organization for the taxation purposes. In Moldova Certification Commission of the Ministry of Justice is entitled to grant the public benefit status to public associations and foundations. The Commission was established in 1997 and is formed of 9 members. Commission members work on the voluntary basis and have a 5 year mandate.
Application is examined within one month of the submission. After the examination, the Commission decides either to grant public benefit status and issue the certificate, or refuse, but in this case has to indicate the grounds for refusal. Refusal decision may be appealed in court within three months.
State certificate issued by the Certification Commission is the official document proving public benefit of the relevant organization, its non-profit status, non-involvement in electoral campaigns. State certificate is issued for a three year period.
State certificate is a ground for total or partial exemption of certain taxes and state fees according to the current legislation. Public associations who are not holders of the certificate may not benefit of any exemption.
Lists of documents to be filled for the certification
- Application form for obtaining public benefit status.
- Activity and financial report.
The report is signed by the Chairperson and accountant of the organization and is authenticated with the organization seal.
- Letter from the State Fiscal body certifying that the organizations has no arrears to the state budget.
- Copy of the registration certificate.
- Copy of the organization bylaws.
- Decision of the organizations' governing body designating the person to represent the organizations at the Certification Commission.
- Other relevant materials (published reports, newsletters, brochures, articles in press).
Requirements for obtaining public benefit status
Organizations applying for the public benefit status should meet the following requirements:
- be registered as public associations or foundations;
- operate for at least 6 months;
- do not violate the legislation or by laws;
- be active in one of the following fields:
- human rights;
- social assistance;
- culture and art;
- liquidating the effects of natural disasters;
- other fields of public benefit recognized as such by the Certification Commission.
- do not distribute profits or incomes among its members or founders, members of the governing or control bodies, or staff, but rather uses them to pursue statutory goals;
- do not support any political party, electoral bloc or independent candidate in any elections, including financial support.
Note. Certification Commission is assisted in its activity by the Political Parties and NGOs Registration Department of the Ministry of Justice, which receives the applications and provides relevant advice and consultation.
Monday - 800-1200
Thursday - 800-1200
Address: 82, 31 August 1989 St., of. 102, 103, Chisinau
Telephones: 23-25-33, 23-33-71