Change to Benefits of being a registered charity

  1. You are able to give the pubic the assurnace of being accountable to the Charity Commission
  2. Recognition of charitable status from the Inland Revenue for tax relief purposes. You will not normally have to pay income/corporation tax (in the case of some types of income), capital gains tax, stamp duty, and gifts to charities are free of inheritance tax
  3. A lot of Charitable Foundations will only give to registered charities. You may be able to raise funds from the public, grant-making trusts and local government more easily than non-charitable bodies.
  4. Automatic entitlement to rates relief (varies between the UK countries). You pay no more than 20% of normal business rates on the buildings which they use and occupy to further their charitable purposes.
 Is Registering as a charity right for you? Why not have a look at our getting started pack to help you answer this question. Download it here.

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a way for charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the donor on the donation. It can increase the value of donations by a quarter at no extra cost to the donor. Gift Aid is worth nearly £1 billion a year to charities and their donors.

How Gift Aid Works

Gift Aid is an easy way to help your charity or CASC maximise the value of its donations. You can reclaim tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on the ‘gross’ equivalent of donations, their value before tax was deducted at the basic rate, currently 20 per cent. You can work out the amount of tax you can reclaim by dividing the amount donated by four. This means that for every £1 donated, you can claim an extra 25 pence. For further details visit HMRC website – Click here


Volunteers are an integral part of West Berkshire’s Voluntary and Community Sector

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire provides information, advice and guidance about voluntary opportunities in Newbury and across West Berkshire.

Committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Our work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers. NCVO produces a range of information sheets which you can access in PDF format.

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