Aug 12 2013
Accounting and reporting Financial sustainability

The silver lining in the charity salary saga

Another week and more headlines about charity executive pay. Given the focus on bankers, business leaders, senior civil servants and local authority chiefs of late, it was really only a matter of time before charities would end up in the firing line.

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Aug 9 2013
Gift Aid

The Gift Aid declaration - what's the big deal?

The Gift Aid declaration has long been a prickly issue for charities tasked with squeezing it onto fundraising forms – and one we have spent countless hours debating with HMRC at the Charity Tax Forum.

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Aug 5 2013
Accounting and reporting

What’s really new about the new SORP?

We haven’t had a new SORP since 2005, and in that time we have managed to bring in a whole new accounting framework in the UK.

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Jul 24 2013
Accounting and reporting

Tweaking the annual return

Our policy team recently took the unusual step of completing CFG’s annual return (AR). As in most charities, this normally falls to our finance team, so this was relatively new territory for us, and a rather a novel way to get our heads around the Charity Commission’s latest consultation, ‘Developing the content of the annual return and information displayed on the register of charities’.

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Jul 11 2013
Financial sustainability Tax and VAT

Business rate relief for charity shops in Wales: why it matters elsewhere too

The business rates relief available to charities has been thrust into the spotlight of late. As well as a number of high profile cases linking charity rate relief to tax avoidance by landlords, they have also been the subject of debate in Wales, following a report by the Business Rates Task and Finish Group commissioned by the Welsh Government.

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