| Top ten financial issues currently facing charities
The charity team at Edinburgh-based accountants Henderson Loggie has identified the top ten issues currently facing charities and organisations in the not-for-profit sector.
03 November 2014
| New OSCR guide on charity campaigning
The Office of Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has produced a new guide to help charities stay within the law when campaigning. The new guidance is aimed at helping charities to meet the requirements of electoral and charity law in advance of next year's UK general election, which takes place on 07 May 2015.
28 October 2014
| New Guidance on Policies for Voluntary Youth Organisations
The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) have produced a fact sheet to guide youth organisations on policies they should have in place.
29 September 2014
| Social Investment Tax Relief
The Government have produced new information relating to Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). SITR may be available for people who invest in social enterprises, including charities.
25 September 2014
| Charities with income under £200k to be exempt from water charges
The Scottish Government have announced that charity groups earning under £200k will be exempt from water and sewerage charges. It means over 19,000 of Scotland’s 23,500 charities will qualify - as well as hundreds of amateur sports clubs.
29 August 2014
| VAT Notice 701/1: charities, has been updated
The new notice about charity VAT cancels and replaces Notice 701/1 (January 1995). The notice has been completely updated and applies to anyone involved in a charity, involved in a business who makes supplies to or has other dealings with charities, a fund-raiser for charities and a user of charity services.
29 August 2014
| OSCR looking to publish Scottish charity accounts on their website.
In their annual report the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has called on Scottish Ministers to consider a change in the law to allow publication of charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Register.
04 August 2014
| The Launch of Social Saturday
September 13th is the UK’s first Social Saturday - a national day to celebrate, promote and buy from social enterprises.
22 July 2014
| New charity accounting framework published
Two new Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) have been published by the joint SORP making body, the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
18 July 2014
| How will independence effect charities - a new report.
Nfp Synergy have produced a report based on surveys of 50 MSPs conducted at the end of last year and 1,000 adults in Scotland in May 2014. The report looks at their opinions on how independence will effect Scottish charities and their funding.
18 July 2014
| HMRC Gift Aid Outreach Team
HMRC Charities section has recently set up a new dedicated Outreach Team to offer help and support to charities in claiming Gift Aid and Employment Allowance.
01 July 2014
| Charities SORP Consultation
The Financial Reporting Council has approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for publication. It is due to be published this summer on the SORP website. The Charities SORP provides recommendations for accounting and reporting, how accounting standards should be applied in the context of charities and how to account for charity specific transactions.
19 June 2014
| Third Sector Awards 2014
Now in their 10th year, the Third Sector Awards recognise the talent, innovation and success of not-for-profit organisations, be they large or small, registered charities or social enterprises.
27 May 2014
| Supporting Communities – a national support package from SCDC.
The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is now into the second stage of their Supporting Communities programme which is an expanded package of support for community organisations across Scotland. The support package will run until March 2015 and aims to increase the capacity of community groups and organisations to effect change and contribute to the regeneration of their communities.
26 May 2014
| Gift Aid donation spreadsheet amended by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have amended it's instructions on how to complete the Gift Aid schedule spreadsheet.
02 May 2014
| More bodies eligible for Freedom of Information requests
New legislation to extend to sports and cultural Trusts set up by Local Authorities.
01 May 2014
| Supporting Communities: The Way Ahead
The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is offering an expanded package of support for community organisations across Scotland to contribute to the regeneration of their communities.
30 April 2014
| HMRC is asking for views on how to reduce the use of charities as tax avoidance schemes
HMRC has put forward two views on how to reduce charities being used as tax avoidance schemes and is asking for feedback from the third sector.
01 April 2014
| HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) updates tax return information for charities
HMRC has updated its guidance for charities completing tax returns.
26 February 2014
| Details of the Autumn Statement and how it will affect the third sector
Details on the Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
01 January 2014
| Scottish Government opens consultation on charitable organisation’s water rates
Third sector organisations are to have their say on Scottish Government proposals to exempt charities with a turnover of less than £75,000 per year from water and sewerage charges.
29 November 2013
| HMRC releases details of new legislation relating to Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)
New changes to tax legislation after consultation to CASCs.
29 November 2013
| Scottish Government launches The White Paper
The Scottish Government has launched The White Paper, which outlines proposals should Scotland become independent.
28 November 2013