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2014 Hawaii Elder Abuse Prevention Forum July 25, 2014 Tax & Charities Division Department of the Attorney General.

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1 2014 Hawaii Elder Abuse Prevention Forum July 25, 2014 Tax & Charities Division Department of the Attorney General

2 What we do The Tax & Charities Division of the Department of the Attorney General administers and enforces Hawaii’s charitable solicitation law, and provides oversight of Hawaii’s public charities, charitable trusts, and private foundations.

3 Old Scams Reaching People in New Ways

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7 Registration: Who, When, & How ? Who: Any charitable organization that solicits contributions from the public in Hawaii. Includes organizations located in other states that solicit using mailings, calls, internet or at local retail stores. Who: Any charitable organization that solicits contributions from the public in Hawaii. Includes organizations located in other states that solicit using mailings, calls, internet or at local retail stores. When: Before conducting any solicitation or before others conduct solicitations on their behalf. When: Before conducting any solicitation or before others conduct solicitations on their behalf. How: Electronic registration process via the Internet: How: Electronic registration process via the Internet:

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11 Annual financial reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service (Form 990 or 990EZ)

12 Hawaii Charity Finder Mobile Application for Apple and Android smart phones and mobile devices.

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16  FIND OUT EXACTLY WHO'S CALLING  FIND OUT EXACTLY WHERE YOUR DONATION WILL GO  FIND OUT WHAT THEY DO WITH YOUR MONEY  IF YOU GET A CALL OR A REQUEST BY MAIL KNOW THERE'S A COST  GIVE DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY  CHECK IF THE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION IS REGISTERED WITH OUR OFFICE (http://ag.hawaii.gov/tax/)  DONATE USING A CHECK – NEVER GIVE CASH OR CREDIT CARD OR BANKING INFORMATION  DON’T FALL FOR HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS  ASK FOR A RECEIPT  WHEN IN DOUBT, CALL ( ) OR OUR OFFICE FOR INFORMATION WISE GIVING

17 Questions/ Contact Information Attorney General Tax & Charities Division Phone number: (808) Website: Thank You!


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