Latest news

Updated finance guidance for charity trustees


In order to face the challenges of the current social and economic climate, the Charity Commission has stated that charity trustees must apply the commission’s finance guidance. To help with this the Commission has updated…

Charities and mandate fraud


The Charity Commission issued a notice in January 2016 urging charities to review their financial controls to ensure that they do not fall victim to mandate fraud. Under this type of fraud, organisations or people…

Updated gift aid declaration forms


The free template declaration forms provided by HMRC were updated in October 2015 for use by April 2016. Although you don’t have to use these templates, doing so ensures that the declarations will meet HMRC’s…

LinkedIn – network with your feet up!


It’s no secret that Linkedin is a great place to network, share content and updates, find jobs, answer questions and build thought leadership – and best of all, it’s free! But how should you use…

Good news for charity donations


The Small Charitable Donations Act (Amendment) Order 2015 increases the maximum amount of small donations on which a charity may claim a top-up payment (referred to as the specified amount ) for a tax year.…

Charity Commission consultation: Trustee guidance for charity fundraising


The Charity Commission is conducting a public consultation on revised draft guidance for trustees, which emphasises that trustees must take responsibility for the fundraising undertaken by their charities. The Commission states that recent widespread criticism…

Tax return. Bah humbug


The mere thought of a looming tax return in the run up to the festive season can put a dampener on the Christmas spirit of even the most cheerful. With the deadline for filing paper…

Autumn Statement 2015


George Osborne’s first Autumn Statement of this Parliament put the spending review center stage, focusing on plans to create economic growth. It said little of tax changes but there were some surprises buried in the…

Autumn Statement 2015 – key announcements


In today’s Autumn Statement announcement George Osborne put the spending review centre stage and shone the spotlight brightly on the government’s plans for creating consistent economic growth whilst reducing dependency on welfare. The good news…