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Finance Act confirms VAT refunds and charity exemption from Diverted Profits Tax

The Finance Act 2015 was passed last month with accompanying Explanatory Notes.
The Act confirms the introduction of VAT refunds for certain charities (including palliative …

New consumer rights take effect

Charities (including their trading subsidiaries) and social enterprises which sell goods or services to consumers should be aware of new regulations which came into …

Grant or contract? Why does it matter?

Background
In September 2003 Woking Borough Council (Council) and Woking Museum and Arts and Crafts Centre (Centre), a registered charity, entered into an agreement whereby …

Charities must do more to explain pension risks

The Charity Commission has published an Accounts Monitoring Report reminding charities that they should use their Trustees’ Annual Report to explain how they are …

CIOs: a review

It is now 18 months since the Charity Commission began to register Charitable Incorporation Organisations (CIOs).  It is also 6 months since all organisations …

Charity Commission publishes reports on double defaulting charities

On 27 June 2014, the Charity Commission published inquiry reports into four of the charities that were under investigation as part of the Commission’s …

Reasonable adjustments through association

Background
Disability is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010). It is unique in that an employee with a disability can require …

School pleads guilty to health and safety breach

Stonyhurst College, a registered charity and independent school, has been ordered to pay more than £130,000 after pleading guilty to a breach of the …

HMRC trials new online service to register for charity tax status

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has launched a trial of its new digital service which enables charities to apply for charity tax status online.  …

Charity Tribunal allows appeal by Human Rights Charity

The Charity Tribunal has allowed an appeal by the Human Dignity Trust (HDT) against the Charity Commission’s decision not to register it as a …