New charity annual return

A new annual return form for 2013 has been released by the Charity Commission (England and Wales).

While largely the same as before, there are new questions on whether the charity is registered for Gift Aid, whether it owns or leases any land or buildings, and whether these are used for the charity’s purposes. Previously voluntary questions on overseas activities and the number of volunteers become mandatory.

The annual return must be completed within ten months from the financial year end and should be submitted online, http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/RSS/News/pr_annual_return_2013.aspx.

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