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Charities are missing out on £600 million in Gift Aid each year

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According to figures published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), charities across the country are missing out on valuable Gift Aid each year, because taxpayers are not declaring gift aid when donating…

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Charity Commission warns against email fraud

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The Charity Commission has issued a warning to be on the lookout for ‘phishing’ emails that purport to be from charity CEOs. The warning follows an increase in this type of fraud, as reported by Action…

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Four months of reserves is the average held by prominent UK charities

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According to analysis carried out by Third Sector, the UK’s most prominent charities retain, on average, around four months’ worth of expenditure in reserves. Third Sector’s examination of the accounts…

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Sector should take mergers more seriously, says think tank

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A report published earlier this month, by think tank NPC, says many charities that would benefit from a merger refuse to consider this because they see it as a sign of failure. NPC thinks that The Charity…

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Clarity for charities on reporting requirements under Making Tax Digital

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From April 2019, HMRC will expect VAT registered businesses that exceed the VAT threshold to provide their VAT return data in a digital format as per the requirements of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime….

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VAT relief on targeted social media advertising: fact or fiction?

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Charities have been warned not to expect zero-rated VAT relief on marketing or advertisements that are targeted at individuals or groups – amid concerns that many not-for-profit organisations believe…

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Majority of UK charities are yet to publish gender pay gap information

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Just 85 of the 9,000 not-for-profit, private, and public-sector organisations which are required to publish their pay data have done so, according to new Government figures. Furthermore, Charity Finance,…

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Back-pay bill causing concern for charities

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Concerns have been raised about the impact that a £400 million bill for back-pay could have on a large number of charities and care providers. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is currently pursuing firms…

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Charities will not have to pay “sleep-in” wage penalties, Government confirms

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The Government has now confirmed that it will waive the financial penalties faced by those disability organisations who were found to have underpaid their workers for “sleep-in” shifts – and HM Revenue…

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Fall in charity text message donations

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Donations made to charities via text message fell by £7m last year, per new figures published by the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA). The UK regulator for content, goods, and services said the total…

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