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Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

Community Accountancy Scotland office will close at 4.00pm on Thursday 1st April 2021 and reopen at 9.00 am Tuesday 6th April 2021.

If you have any enquiries during this time, please do not hesitate in emailing us at info@charityaccounts.co.uk, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible upon our return.

Happy Easter: A happy Easter Egg, coloured by one of the Community Accounts Scotland Team’s granddaughters.
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Consultation on OSCR’s ‘Meeting the Charity Test guidance’ updates

OSCR are seeking views on updates they proposed to make to sections of their ‘Meeting the Charity Test’ guidance.  These updates clarify their guidance on public benefit following the 29 January 2021 decision by the Court of Session on the charitable status of New Lanark Hotels Limited and New Lanark Trading Ltd. 

Read the full article here: https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/consultation-on-our-meeting-the-charity-test-guidance-updates/

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Covid-19 Update

 Our offices are closed at the moment and all CAS staff are working from home. You can still contact us on info@charityaccounts.org.uk or on our office number 01786 430000 (East of Scotland) 01475 711733 (West of Scotland).

We do understand that times are difficult for the voluntary and community organisations during the pandemic.  If you have any accounts questions or issues that you want to discuss, please give us a call and we will do our best to help.

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COVID 19 – Charity Meetings review of your governing document

In a previous news item we explained that charities will no longer receive the extra time to submit their annual report and accounts and charity register will again show whether you have submitted your late that is not within nine months of your year end date.  Now is also the time to consider reviewing your governing document, if you have not already, to check whether it permits you to hold Virtual AGMs and other meetings. If it does not then you need to make the necessary changes so that different methods of meetings can be utilised now and in the future. The charity regulator will require to be notified of the changes and you to find out what is required here making changes to your charity

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“Grace Period” from OSCR Coming to an End

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, charities had 9 months after their ‘year-end’ date to submit annual information to OSCR.  In response to concerns, OSCR allowed charities extra time (a ‘grace period’) to submit annual reports and accounts. This is now coming to an end and charities with deadlines from 01 April 2021 onwards should again plan to submit within 9 months of a year-end date. If annual information is submitted to OSCR late, this is indicated on the Scottish Charity Register entry for the charity.

For more information, please visit: ‘Grace Period’ coming to an end

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New Guidance issued on How to Complete Gift Aid donations schedule

HMRC has provided new guidance on how to complete a spreadsheet Gift Aid claim. The full guidance can be seen here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob4/giftaidsch_guide/

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Submit your annual information to OSCR

As we are coming up to Christmas, it’s time to provide your annual information to OSCR.

If you are a registered charity in Scotland with a financial year end of the 31st of March please make sure to provide your annual information to OSCR before the deadline of December 31st 2018.

For more information please go to: https://www.oscr.org.uk/news/don-t-be-late-submit-your-annual-information-to-oscr

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Accounts due by 31 December 2018

Please note that we are not accepting new customers with an accounts submission deadline on or before 31 December 2018.

It has been an amazingly successful year for us and this means we are already working at full capacity.  We don’t want to take risks with out reputation or yours.

If your accounts have a later submission date or you are going to miss your submission date anyway please get in touch.  Please be aware though we are unlikely to begin work on your accounts until the new year.