HMRC doubles scrutiny of charity gift aid claims following Cup Trust
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HMRC doubles scrutiny of charity gift aid claims following Cup Trust 1

22 Apr 2014 | David Ainsworth
Tags: Gift aid

HM Revenue & Customs more than doubled the number of investigations into claims for gift aid in the tax year 2012/13, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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