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Charities can now update their details with HMRC online

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Charities can now update their details with HMRC online

Finance | Kirsty Weakley | 24 Feb 2016

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a tool to enable charities to update their details online.

This week it launched the online form service for ChV1 form along with a guide for completing the process.

If charities are registered with HMRC they must inform the department of “significant changes”, including changes to contact details, authorised officials, nominees and bank account details.

Charities can continue to fill out the form and post it if they prefer. 

It is the latest in a number of services that HMRC has moved online. In order to claim gift aid all but the smallest charities now have to use the Charities Online service.

Andrew O’Brien, head of policy and engagement at the Charity Finance Group, said: “We welcome this new online system because changing details with HMRC has traditionally been challenging for charities and creates obstacles to claiming reliefs such as gift aid. However, we will be checking with charities to ensure that it works effectively and really makes the process easier.”

A spokesman for the Charity Tax Group said that “it is a step in the right direction” but that the fact that organisations still need to print out and send the signed form “seemed a bit odd”.

 

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