Sir Stephen Bubb: 'Charities' relationship with government has never been so bad'
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Sir Stephen Bubb: 'Charities' relationship with government has never been so bad' 1

17 May 2016 | David Ainsworth

Sir Stephen Bubb talks about his ideas for improving leadership and communication in the charity sector. By David Ainsworth.

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Anne-Marie Piper completes her overview on the subject of charity mergers In the last issue I began this overview of charity mergers. I explained the duties of charity trustees in relation to mergers and then examined the various steps in the merger process including the exploratory discussions and preliminary checks, the “in-principle” decision to merge and the process known as due diligence and at some of the issues that it can throw up including staff, pensions, VAT and material contracts.

When are charities not eligible for zero rate tax relief on advertising?

Charity advertising qualifies for zero rate tax relief, but not in all circumstances. The rules have not kept up with technology and lead to frequent disputes with HMRC as Lorraine Owens and Graham Elliott report.

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Fresh from completing the merger of Help the Aged and Age Concern, Anne-Marie Piper takes an overview of charity mergers in the first of a two-part article.

Technical briefing: HMRC compliance checks

Mathieu Mori discusses the scheduled changes to HMRC compliance checks.

The widely held view that charities should stick to doing good works and stay clear of campaigning is a recipe for social stagnation. The world has changed, charities need to change with it and speak truth to power about what it takes to solve root causes of societal ills rather than pussyfoot around problems.

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Technical briefing: VAT concessions go

So, farewell Lennartz? Herr Lennartz was (or is) a German tax consultant, whose name became the tag of a VAT accounting treatment which has become well-known among UK charities.

What Persche could mean for UK charities

The recent European Court of Justice decision on Persche v Finanzamt Ludenscheid has the potential to create some new opportunities for UK charities, say Shimon Shaw and Jerry Golland.

Measure pursuits

The standard of impact reporting in the sector is held back by a lack of clarity on definitions and measurement tools, finds Vibeka Mair.

Technical briefing: VAT and renovation

The Whitechapel Art Gallery is a registered charity and displays works of art to the general public for no consideration. It acquired an old derelict library building adjacent to its existing premises for £900k with the intention of converting it into a gallery.

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