Our blog on the latest issues affecting the charity sector
Government consultation on tackling business rate relief abuse closes
March 6, 2015
Measures put forward by the government to tackle business rates avoidance could harm charities and should not be taken forward, according to a consultation response from the NCVO, Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising and the Charity Retail Association.
New phase of double defaulters class inquiry launched
March 5, 2015
The Charity Commission this week named the charities which are part of its class inquiry into 'double defaulters'.
HMRC launches service for online registration of charities for tax purposes
February 27, 2015
Following a trial run last Summer, charities can now register their details online with HMRC for tax purposes.
Increase to audit threshold for charities
February 25, 2015
The Government response to the consultation looking at recommendations to increase the audit threshold for charities has been published.
One in twelve charities fail to file on time
February 18, 2015
The Charity Commission has published updated figures on the number of charities who failed to file their accounts and annual returns on time.
VAT and direct mailing
February 16, 2015
First on the agenda at the recent Charity Tax Group (CTG) Observer meeting at the Wellcome Trust was the subject of VAT and direct mailing services, with the potential financial implications for the charity sector running into the multi-millions.
Updated Charity Commission guidance
February 13, 2015
The Charity Commission has recently updated several of its guidance documents. Details and links to these updates are included in our blog post.
Buying or selling land
February 11, 2015
The Charity Commission has provided guidance on charities seeking to buy or sell land. You must try to get the best deal for your charity and follow any rules in the law and your governing document.
Is more guidance needed on being a charity ‘going concern’?
February 4, 2015
Following the collapse of anti-bullying charity, BeatBullying, various people have asked why the charity's 2012 accounts were prepared on the basis of it being a going concern.