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Charity update 16 June 2015



United Kingdom

Our Charity Update provides the latest tax news and developments.

9 June 2015

Fundraising Standards Board publishes interim investigation report

The Fundraising Standards Board calls for the public to be given more control over the way that charities communicate with them, making it easier for people to opt out of unwanted contact.  

Fundraising Standards Board  

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9 June 2015

HMRC releases new guidance on direct mail

HMRC has changed its position on VAT and direct mail, which means many contracts which charities believed were zero-rated for VAT purposes are actually standard-rated. This means that up to £400m of charity direct mail could face additional VAT charges of 20 per cent.

However, HMRC has confirmed today that it will extend a transitional period during which it will not charge 20 per cent VAT on direct mail. This means its new rules will not apply to mail sent by charities before the end of July.

Civil Society and H M Revenue & Customs

Read the news story here

Read the guidance here


8 June 2015

Alternative ways to support your community or a good cause

The Charity Commission provides information on Community Foundation trusts.

The Charity Commission

Read more here

and here


2 June 2015

Winners of the 2015 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service announced

Nearly 200 UK volunteering groups are honoured as recipients of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015.

Cabinet Office and Rob Wilson MP

Read the news story here

See the list of winners here  

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