Concerns over new definition of charity for tax purposes

Government proposals to introduce a new definition of charity for tax purposes could give too much power to HM Revenue and Customs and deter genuine charities, according to NCVO and the Charity Finance Group as reported by Civil Society Media at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/17154/.

NCVO has an article from a senior policy officer on the issue.

Consultation

Note: this was written before the above.

Preventing charities abusing tax privileges

HM Revenue and Customs is seeking views on what form further action should take to protect the sector from persons who seek to abuse it to avoid tax. The discussion paper gives two possible approaches, in pdf 72KB http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/drafts/avoid-tax-charities.pdf, comments wanted by 11th April.

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