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.

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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.

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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.

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