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  • A day out with the Charity Tax Group weblink

    Briefings | 2 May 2014

    Withers’ Graham Elliott discusses the points he found most interesting from this year’s Charity Tax Group annual meeting.

  • Charity Commission responds to PAC criticism weblink

    Briefings | 24 March 2014

    The Charity Commission has acknowledged that an improvement in the way it identifies and addresses deliberate abuse in charities is needed.

  • Charities and the 2014 budget weblink

    Briefings | 24 March 2014

    As announced in the 2013 Budget, the Finance Bill 2014 will provide for 30 per cent tax relief on investments in qualifying social enterprises.

  • Catholic adoption agency permitted to keep charity status weblink

    Briefings | 24 March 2014

    The OSCR has concluded that St Margaret’s was engaging in discrimination given its refusal to place children with same-sex couples.

  • CQC consultation on fundamental standards — changes for volunteers weblink

    Briefings | 24 March 2014

    The CQC is consulting on new regulations to introduce fundamental standards as legal requirements that all providers should meet.

  • Family and Childcare Trust investigation weblink

    Briefings | 24 March 2014

    The Charity Commission has investigated the Family and Childcare Trust after concerns were raised that its activities on Twitter amounted to party political activity.

  • British Pregnancy Advisory Service £200,000 data protection fine weblink

    Briefings | 24 March 2014

    The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has been fined for breaching the Data Protection Act after an anti-abortion hacker gained access to personal details through the charity’s website.

  • Lobbying update weblink

    Briefings | 14 February 2014

    After much deliberation, the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act finally came into force on 30 January 2014.

  • The Charity Commission publishes revised public benefit guidance weblink

    Briefings | 13 February 2014

    The final version of the revised public benefit guidance has now been published, which replaces all previous guidance.

  • Investigation into Mayfair Charities weblink

    Briefings | 13 February 2014

    The Charity Commission last month released the findings of an investigation begun in July 2012 into concerns over Mayfair Charities’ financial accounts.

  • Changes made to Charity Commission Annual Return weblink

    Briefings | 11 December 2013

    Under the new annual return regime, registered charities will be obliged to provide additional key information to the European Commission.

  • National Audit Office reports on Gift Aid weblink

    Briefings | 11 December 2013

    The National Audit Office’s report provided a detailed review of the Gift Aid system, as well as estimates of the amount of tax lost through abuse.

  • Cup Trust appeal fails weblink

    Briefings | 11 December 2013

    Mountstar had appealed to the High Court over the European Commission’s decision to open a statutory inquiry into the Cup Trust.

  • Autumn Statement: charities weblink

    Briefings | 10 December 2013

    The chancellor said that he wished to put beyond doubt that entities established for the purposes of tax avoidance would not have any entitlement to charitable tax reliefs.

  • BIS business names consultation weblink

    Briefings | 9 December 2013

    BIS is set to introduce measures to reduce the list of sensitive names that new businesses and charities must get approval for prior to incorporation at Companies House.

  • Charitable giving in the holiday season weblink

    Briefings | 18 November 2013

    US persons who want the tax break in both the US and the UK need to take action before 31 December.

  • FATCA and charities weblink

    Briefings | 18 November 2013

    If you run a charitable foundation in the UK, you may have read about the additional tax reporting and regulations imposed by the US FATCA rules on accounts held by charities.

  • Charity Commission publishes revised public benefit guidance weblink

    Briefings | 5 November 2013

    The Charity Commission’s revised public benefit guidance consists of three short guides on the public benefit requirement, running a charity and public benefit reporting.

  • Charity Commission accepts Public Accounts Committee recommendations regarding the Cup Trust weblink

    Briefings | 5 November 2013

    Charity Commission accepts Public Accounts Committee recommendations regarding the Cup Trust, and claims it has already implemented many of them.

  • ATED: what is it and how does it affect charities? weblink

    Briefings | 5 November 2013

    The ATED tax, effective from April 2013, applies to companies (and similar kinds of structures) that own dwellings with an individual value of £2m upwards.