Foundations and non-profit organisations

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Statutory regulations as far as the eye can see – that's the challenge

Foundations and non-profit organisations as well as non-profit clubs or non-profit corporations have to comply with a variety of statutory guidelines to be recognised by the tax authorities as non-profit and, in the case of foundations, recognised by the foundation authorities as having legal capacity. Above all, the complex tax law topics in non-profits law and the rules in foundation law present a foundation’s organisation with far-reaching challenges.

For every change in statutory requirements, there is a risk of the non-profit status no longer being fulfilled, and being derecognised. There is an equally high risk of stumbling over formalities, such as the use of funds according to the articles of association, or the preservation of the foundation’s assets. Organisations can be prosecuted if there are mistakes, and can be personally liable. Legal security is therefore essential for all participants. Mastering this requires consultants who know this field well.

Custom overall advice – that's our solution

We develop a concept for you that is customised to your needs, and optimally fulfils tax and supervisory requirements. Whether in selecting the legal form, starting the NPO itself, or managing it, we advise you every step of the way, and can take over running processes such as financial accounting, payroll accounting and the budget allocations.

Our specialists have good contacts with tax authorities and foundation authorities, and have years of experience as board members or committee members in non-profit foundations. Armed with this specialist knowledge, we are very familiar with special rules which apply to foundations and NPOs. This applies to tax consultancy as well as auditing annual financial statements.

A skilful network to back you up – that's our ace

For legal topics which extend beyond the activities of auditing and tax advice, we work closely with first-class external collaborating lawyers in our organisation.

This is what we do for you:

  • Consulting when founding a foundation or an NPO
  • Assistance when registration is required, including creating contracts
  • Assistance with the recognition procedure with tax and foundation supervisory authorities
  • Take over of current financial accounting and payroll accounting
  • Creation of annual financial statements and tax returns
  • Support in operating audits
  • Creation of budget allocations
  • Auditing of annual financial statements


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