Mexican Non-Profit Status (A.C.)
In the last 20 years charitable organizations in Mexico have expanded to include fields like the environment and human rights. However, tax incentives were limited to only a few charitable purposes, despite the emergence of organizations in new public interest fields that influenced public policy and had significant impact. For more than a decade, organizations therefore pushed for a law that recognized the social importance of civil society activities.
In 2004, the Federal Law for the Promotion of Activities Undertaken by Civil Society Organizations ("The Law on Promotion") was enacted in order to provide a legal framework at the Federal Government level for non-profit organizations and a mechanism for the participation of non-profit organizations in the social development of Mexico. This legislation opened up possiblities for greater Government collaboration with mutual responsibility and transparency.
PEACEAnimals, A.C. is a recognized Mexican non-profit Civil Association (A.C.)
It is noted in the Public Registry of Property and the Federal Taxpayers Registry. To be eligible to receive government funds, an organization must be listed in the Registry of Civil Society Organizations (CLUN).
In order to be recognized, the constitution and bylaws must first be approved along with accounting and banking procedures.
As PEACEAnimals receives most of its funds as grants from Banderas Bay Charities, Inc and formerly PEACE (USA), it is also registered with Hacienda (Mexican equivalent to the IRS or Revenue Canada) as a foreign agent. This registration is to inhibit money laundering. The Money Laundering Legislation classifies donations as a "vulnerable activity." As PEACEAnimals is closely monitored by the Mexican government; monthly reports are filed with Hacienda through the accountant and/or attorney.
PEACEAnimals treasurer Amy Welch works with the offices of accountant Gabriela Rojas from Teran Rojas and attorney David Connell. Their offices are in the Puerto Vallarta marina office complex. The banking is through Scotiabank at Plaza Marina.
Annual Meetings & Financials
2015 Year-End Financials to Hacienda - available Jan 2016
2014 Year-End Financials to Hacienda (Mexican equivalent to IRS/Revenue Canada) available - file too large to include on web.
I can send it to you via DropBox. Please email request to Amy Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org