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Streamlined Gift Aid for charity shops

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/pressroom/hm-revenue-customs-hmrc/pressrelease/view/streamlined-gift-aid-for-charity-shops-823975 Here is the article in full which describes well a great benefit for churches with charity shops… New rules that will lift the administration burden for charities claiming Gift Aid on the proceeds of donors’ goods sold by charity shops have been announced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The new rules allow donors […]

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“Freeing up” restricted funds

Charities now have access to a new means of “freeing up funds” for charitable purposes. The “Charities Restricted Funds Reorganisation (Scotland) Regulations 2012” came into effect on 1 November, allowing charities to apply to OSCR to “unlock assets” that cannot currently be used, due to outdated restrictions. “Restricted funds” are assets which someone has given […]

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Not in Scotland please !

Australia is looking at setting up a similar Government body to the Scottish OSCR (Office of Scottish Charity Regulator). But some alarm bells are ringing. The Aussie equivalent is thinking of taxing charity income “of unrelated commercial activities that are not directed back to their altruistic purpose”. What does that mean ?. How long will […]

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The Euro problem in simple terms.

Here is my take on why the world is in an economic mess ATM (at the moment). Beware…I am Australian “trained” and living in Scotland…so you know I will be right !. The Euro was created to remove transaction costs, administration barriers and competitive devaluations. In classic Keysian terms, the weaker economies of The Union […]

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A quick question regarding mileage payments

  Here is a common question: I am employed by a charity that provides me with a car less than 1400 cc. They pay for all the petrol, but the charity reimburses me for work related journeys at .15 pence per mile. This rate has not changed since June 2011, although the price of petrol […]

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Capital gain or trade ?

How do you know if a sale is subject to capital gains tax, or if it is a routine trade ? If you buy and sell a property or 2, is your profit a capital gain, or a trade sale ? A simple way of getting an answer to this common question is found in […]

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More on compulsory workplace pensions

The Compulsory Workplace Pension (CWP) which the Government is introducing, is a good way of ensuring we can afford retirement…..and allowing the Government to relieve “pension pressure”.  You can opt out if you like, but you will missing out on an opportunity to help yourself. Here’s why; – everytime you put money in your CWP, […]

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Compulsory workplace pensions

Starting from October 2012, employers will enrol workers into a workplace pension. When you pay into your pension, your employer and the government will contribute too. I previously lived in Australia where they have had this system for some years. The Australian experience shows that this works and is a step in the right direction. I […]

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Trustees Annual Report

OSCR would like your Trustees Annual Report to be more than a “box ticking” exercise. At a recent conference I attended, a session with OSCR highlighted the following; – does your “Trustees Annual Report” (TAR) show the passion of the Trustees in the report ? – make it interesting by putting photos and graphs in […]

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How Gift Aid works.

There has been a lot of coverage in the press recently about tax relief for charitable donations. When you make a donation to your church, or charity or to a community amateur sports club you can make a declaration that your donation is made under Gift Aid. This declaration can be made in writing, online or over […]

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