UK charity registration
We assist clients wishing to register a charity with the Charity Commission in England and Wales or the OSCR in Scotland.We can advise you on the most appropriate type of legal entity which you need to set up a charity. There are 3 options:-
to set up a trust
to set up an unincorporated body
to set up a company limited by guarantee
In Scotland there is a fourth option namely a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. If you would like details about this email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our fees to set up any of the above organisations and then register as a charity are £695 plus vat of £134 making a total of £834.
If you already have an organisation set up then we are always happy to view the governing constitutional document and quote for dealing with the registration as a charity once we have examined it to see if any amendments may be required. (We will have a no obligation discussion if you just wish to make an initial telephone enquiry.)
The Charity Commission has very strict regulations concerning what is a charitable activity. We ensure that the charitable objects are correctly drafted to suit your activities. We also advise regarding payment of trustees as not all trustees can be paid. Indeed we guide you through the maze of criteria you have to satisfy to become a registered charity.
We obtain all required information from you to enable us to complete and process the application documents. We endeavour to make registration of a charity an easy process and to take the stress and time involved in such applications away from you.
We advise on any ancillary documents required in some cases eg child protection policies if you deal directly with children or grant giving policies if you will be a fund giving charity only ( there is an additional fee of £90 plus vat unless you have one already). We also advise on criminal record checks where necessary and generally oversee the matter dealing with all correspondence from the Charities Commission or OSCR.
Please beware of competitors who offer "charity" companies but do not draft charitable objects or give guidance on matters such as payment of directors. This will result in delay and greater expense being incurred later when amending documents. They do not have instant availability by telephone for assistance and few actually deal with the charity registration process in any event
What are charitable objects or purposes?
To be a charity an organisation must have purposes which are exclusively charitable and for the benefit of the public. A charity's purposes are its objects or aims which are usually set out in its governing document. The meaning of charitable purposes is now set out in the Charities Act 2006
There are now 13 charitable categories listed as follows:-
In general, a purpose is not charitable if it is mainly for the benefit of a named person or specific individuals. It will also not be charitable if the people who will benefit from it are defined by a personal or contractual relationship with each other. For example, if the beneficiaries are related or connected to the person who is setting up the charity, or where they are defined by common employment or by membership of a non-charitable body, for example, members of a professional institute.
An exception to this general rule exists in the case of the relief of financial hardship, where the people to benefit can come from a restricted group, such as people having the same employer.
The main advantages of registering as a charity are that charities:-
do 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
pay no more than 20% of normal business rates on the buildings which they use and occupy to further their charitable purposes
can get special VAT treatment in some circumstances
are often able to raise funds from the public, grant-making trusts and local government more easily than non-charitable bodies
can formally represent and help to meet the needs of the community
are able to give the public the assurance that they are being monitored and advised by the Charities Commission.
The above is a very brief outline of what can be a complicated area. Why not call us on 01925757887 to discuss whether your plans and objectives could qualify as charitable.
We prepare and electronically submit new company registrations (formations) as soon as we receive your instructions. Incorporations can be completed within 1 working day. Alternatively a trust or unincorporporated body can be set up within a few days.