Charitable status regained for 2020

In a letter dated 26.6.2024, the Hamburg-Nord tax office withdrew their decision to revoke the Wau-Holland Foundation’s charitable status for 2020. The foundation is allowed to issue donation receipts again.

The original revocation of the charitable status was based on the allegation that the foundation had paid the legal costs for Andy Müller-Maguhn and Bernd Fix as joint plaintiffs in the UC Global criminal proceedings in Spain, and thus engaged in misappropriation of funds. After examining the documents, the foundation was able to clarify that these costs were never paid by the foundation. Although there was a board resolution that the foundation would assume these costs, the foundation could not have assumed the costs because the law firm never sent a formally correct invoice. Following its own review, the Hamburg-Nord tax office confirmed these facts, and consequently withdrew the original decision.