Some N Ireland charities could pay rates

The Northern Ireland government’s review of the current system of the non-domestic taxation system is out for consultation.

The consultation paper includes a statement

“given the evidence it could be argued that it is both appropriate and affordable for some of the organisations currently benefiting from a 100% exemption to make some contribution towards their rates.”

Sector umbrella body NICVA continues to

“believe that all charities should continue to be exempt from paying rates because the public benefit derived from the work of charities far outweighs any potential revenue.”

See NICVA news item for further details and link to the consultation paper (pdf, 402KB). The consultation runs until 25th January.

UPDATE: NICVA has a summary of the main points that will be contained within its own response.