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Tribunal extends VAT exemption for cultural services

In 2012 the British Film Institute (BFI) brought a case before the First-Tier Tribunal (Tax and Chancery) asserting that the VAT exemption for “cultural …

Charity Commission refuses charitable status to religious organisation

The Charity Commission has refused to register The Preston Down Trust as a charity on the grounds that it does not provide public benefit.
The …

Event: Charity Commission to hold public meeting in Newcastle

The Charity Commission is inviting trustees, charities and charity advisors to attend its next public meeting on 26 March in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The meeting, …

Charity Tribunal rules that poverty charities can restrict beneficiaries

Following a reference made by the Attorney General the Charity Commission has published its judgment on 20 February 2012 that benevolent funds and charities …

Charities commission withdraws guidance on public benefit and fee charging

The Charity Commission has now withdrawn parts of its guidance on public benefit, fee-charging and the advancement of education.
This follows the ruling made by …

Tyne and Wear Councils consider ban on charity fund raisers

Newcastle City Council has announced that it is considering a bylaw to ban face-to-face fundraising, pejoratively known as ‘charity muggers’ or ‘chuggers’, from the …

Finance Bill 2012 to encourage charitable giving and collaboration

In December 2011 the Government published its Draft Finance Bill, which contains two provisions intended to encourage tax-efficient charitable giving from high net worth …

VAT Tribunal’s decision may benefit sports clubs

A decision of the VAT Tribunal last year may entitle some sports clubs to a VAT refund.  The case, involving Bridport & West Dorset …