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Charity update 1 September 2015



United Kingdom

Our charity update provides the latest tax news and developments.

25 August 2015

Trust in charities lowest for eight years

A poll carried out by research consultancy nfpSynergy shows 53% of people now trust charities "quite a lot" or "a great deal" whereas 29% have “not much”  and 10% have "very little” trust in charities.  These are the sector’s worst figures since 2007.


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25 August 2015  

Facebook adds "Donate Now" button  

Charities in the UK can now ask their supporters to give directly via Facebook, after the company rolled out a "Donate Now" button previously available only in the US.

Civil Society

Facebook   Read the news story here

Read the Facebook for Business post here


21 August 2015

Charity Commission invites the public to its annual meeting

The Charity Commission invites charities, trustees and their advisers to attend its annual public meeting on 16 September 2015, which will take place at Church House in Westminster from 4pm to 6pm.

Charity Commission

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19 August 2015  

Report suggests charities under-report charitable expenditure

A report published by the Charity Commission suggests that many larger charities are understating their charitable expenditure in their public annual returns or their accounts.

Charity Commission

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Read the report here


18 August 2015  

Amendment to Institute of Fundraising code on calling Telephone Preference Service registered numbers

Following recent correspondence with the Information Commissioner’s Office the IoF's Code of Fundraising Practice has been amended in relation to calling TPS-registered numbers.

Institute of Fundraising

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5 August 2015  

VAT:  Zero rated construction work, Use by charity as village hall,  Caithness Rugby Football Club v HMRC [2015] UKFTT 378 (TC)

The First-Tier Tax tribunal has held that the construction of a new clubhouse qualified for zero rating on the basis that it was intended for use by a charity as a village hall or similarly.  Although the charity's applications for grants to fund the construction had not demonstrated the required intention, this could be inferred from the local community's use of the building, once constructed.

Practical law

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