Charities need to prepare for end of old Gift Aid system

A number of sector bodies, including Charity Finance Group and NCVO, have jointly produced a short guide on the Charities Online service from HM Revenue and Customs which went live on 22nd April. In pdf, 225KB. (Charities Online enables claiming of Gift Aid without submitting paper records.)

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Charity finance teams stretched

Charity Finance Group’s latest People and Pay Survey has found an increase in recruitment for new positions in the finance department, with redundancies having declined significantly. Salaries have remained flat, and half of finance directors work the equivalent of one extra day each week above contracted hours. The survey was completed by 338 member charities.

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Gift Aid on small donations review in 3 years

Speaking at an event to mark the launch of Charities Online, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury said that the government will review the progress of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme in three years’ time to ensure it is working properly. They would “look at all aspects, including the (claim) limits”. Third Sector news item http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/1179487.

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