Another try at simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a further consultation on simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules.

This follows an earlier consultation which ended May 2016 – it received 61 responses but didn’t get a clear consensus settling on a single reform proposal. Fundraising UK gives further background.

Download ‘Simplifying the Gift Aid donor benefits rules: response to the consultation and further consultation’ (30 page pdf) via the consultation page. » Continue reading news item ... “Another try at simplifying Gift Aid donor benefit rules”

Progress on reforming small Gift Aid scheme

The Small Charitable Donations Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech earlier this year, has now been laid before Parliament. It is expected to have its second reading debate on Tuesday 11th October.

As reported by Civil Society News, charity bodies have said they will be pushing the government to strengthen the measures to improve the working of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. » Continue reading news item ... “Progress on reforming small Gift Aid scheme”

Top charity tax claim errors to avoid

The most common errors made by charities in dealing with tax matters have been catalogued by HM Revenue and Customs, and published by the Charity Tax Group.

Civil Society News reports that a top error is with organisations changing personnel or appointing new employees, without changing their details or letting HMRC know. Also high is “claiming excessive Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS)” income.

Charity Tax Group article containing HMRC feedback, which also includes top queries from charities and some statistics. » Continue reading news item ... “Top charity tax claim errors to avoid”

Next steps for Gift Aid – small donations, intermediaries

HM Revenue and Customs has published (pdf, 212KB) a summary of responses to the recent consultation on simplification of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS). This also includes the government’s views on the responses and the consequent next steps proposed.

The proposed action is to:

•    remove the two year rule and the Gift Aid history requirement.
•    include contactless payments.
•    amend the community buildings rules to allow donations received outside of the community building but within the same local authority area in which the community building is based. » Continue reading news item ... “Next steps for Gift Aid – small donations, intermediaries”

Starting the new legislative season

The Queens Speech, announcing measures to be brought forward in the new parliamentary session at Westminster, included

“National Citizen Service will be placed on a permanent statutory footing.”

NCS is the volunteering programme for young people, which has been a favourite cause of Conservative ministers.

Not included in the words the Queen read out, but in the day’s wider announcements, was an intention to introduce a Small Charitable Donations Bill to simplify the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. » Continue reading news item ... “Starting the new legislative season”