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Sussexes’ charity could be struck off for late tax returns

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Published Time: 13.05.2024 - 22:41:33 Modified Time: 13.05.2024 - 22:41:33

California’s attorney general lists Archewell Foundation as ‘delinquent’ Andrew Esiebo/Getty Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation has been warned that it could be subjected to fines or suspended from the charity register

California’s attorney general lists Archewell Foundation as ‘delinquent’

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation has been warned that it could be subjected to fines or suspended from the charity register.

The “delinquency notice” sent by California’s attorney general on May 3, suggests that Archewell did not file its 2022 tax return or related fees on time.

It states: “The above captioned entity is listed as delinquent with the Registry of Charities and Fundraisers for failing to submit required annual report(s) and/or renewal fees.

“An organisation that is listed as delinquent is not in good standing and is prohibited from engaging in conduct for which registration is required, including soliciting or disbursing charitable funds.”

The Telegraph understands that although Archewell did file the relevant documents on time, a cheque sent for the money owed never arrived.

The Sussexes’ team was not aware the cheque had been lost until it received the notice, dated May 3.

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It has now sent another cheque and expects the matter to be rectified in a matter of days.

Archewell was urged to send all relevant reports and fees “immediately” in order to avoid “further adverse actions”.

The notice, from California’s Department of Justice, says: “The organisation may also be subject to penalties and its registration may be suspended or revoked by the Registry. Once you submit the delinquent record(s), you will be notified of the amount of any late fees that are owed.”

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