25th October 2019

In this edition, we are focusing on looking forwards – firstly with a reminder on the responsibilities of a charity in the event of a general election, which looks at the fine line (at times) between campaigning for your cause and stepping into the political arena.

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We also look at preparing for an audit – the audit threshold for charities (as I am sure some of you are aware) is much lower than their corporate counterparts and it can be a daunting prospect if you approach or cross the threshold and trip from the relatively light touch regime of independent examination into full blown statutory audit. Hopefully this will reassure you that with a little forward planning it will not be a huge headache for your teams, and remind you that we are here to help, not hinder.

We have two great case studies from two very different charities – SJOG, based in Darlington but operating nationally, and The Alnwick Garden. Both are very different in what they do but united in their purpose to make a difference to the lives of the people who they work with.

Fraud remains topical with charities often targeted, and sadly still all too often caught out by scams perpetrated externally, and so we look at some of the easy wins to put in place in the fight against ever more sophisticated attacks.
Finally, we wanted to remind you about our forthcoming Charity Briefing on diversifying income, which has already proved so popular we are on the verge of moving it across the road to accommodate more people. If you haven’t already signed up, then please do so! Registration details can be found here

As always, please get in touch if there is anything in the bulletin that catches your eye that you wish to follow up for more information or advice and I look forward to seeing at least some of you at the event in November.

As the general election in December approaches, the Charity Commission has recently published guidance for charities. This has been issued

The previously announced proposals to extend the eligibility to join a VAT group to non-corporate entities will come into effect

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A trustees’ report provides an opportunity for charities to highlight, celebrate, and advertise not only their achievements and public benefit,

In September 2019’s edition of the Employment Tax Bulletin, HMRC has focused on a variety of information that intends to support employers in preparing for Brexit. We have summarised the key information.