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Charity Update - 4 August 2015



United Kingdom

Our Charity Update provides the latest tax news and development

29 July 2015


Mrs Melita Jackson's Will

Melita Jackson died in 2004, aged 70, leaving all of her assets to the Blue Cross, RSPCA and RSPB. A claim for an award for maintenance pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 resulted in the widow's estranged daughter, who is on state benefits, receiving a total of over £163,000 from an estate valued, in 2004, at £486,000.

Read the judgement here


28 July 2015


Applications open for Youth Social Action Fund

Organisations working with young people in lower socio-economic areas in England can apply for funding through the new Youth Social Action Fund.

Cabinet Office and Rob Wilson MP

Read the news story here


21 July 2015


Charity Commission publishes letter to Independent Schools Council on public benefit

The Charity Commission summarises its position on public benefit and independent schools following debates on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill.

The Charity Commission

Read the letter here


17 July 2015


Big Society Capital launches free package of support on SITR

Big Society Capital launches GET IT to support more charities and social enterprises to understand and make use of Social Investment Tax Relief.

Big Society Capital

Read the press release here


16 July 2015


Call for evidence on simplifying the Gift Aid Donor Benefit Rules

M Treasury calls for evidence to inform a review of the current Donor Benefit Rules, with the intention of simplifying and improving them. The deadline for responses is 9 October 2015.

HM Treasury

Access the consultation here


15 July 2015


VAT on direct marketing services using printed matter

HM Revenue & Customs has identified that a number of suppliers of printed matter combined with other services have been treating the supply as zero-rated delivered goods. In HMRC’s view, these supplies should properly be characterised as a supply of standard-rated direct marketing services.

HM Revenue & Customs

Read the Brief here



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