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COVID-19 and the annual accounts

By Stephen Mathews | 16 September 2020

It is not surprising that given its importance and widespread impact, COVID-19 will feature in church and charity accounts for the foreseeable future. Whilst it is important, we do believe that this issue should not dominate the accounts, and neither should it overshadow the positive work and impact that churches are having in their local communities, perhaps even as a result of the pandemic.

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Account filing and serious incident reporting in the light of COVID-19

By Stephen Mathews | 15 September 2020

The Charity Commission has issued a statement which says that during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be as flexible and pragmatic as possible in its approach to regulation. Whilst still asking charities to file accounts on time if at all possible, the Commission has said that where an imminent filing deadline can’t be met they can be contacted with a view to arranging an extension.

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HMRC feedback on common Gift Aid claim errors

By Stephen Mathews | 9 June 2020

Whilst COVID-19 appears not to have significantly slowed the repayment of Gift Aid claims, HMRC has identified some common errors made on claims that do cause processing delays.

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Reserves

By Alan Hough | 8 June 2020

Reserves tend to come in two forms.

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Gift Aid on cancelled events

By Stephen Mathews | 7 June 2020

The Government has agreed to temporarily enable attendees of events that have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 to be allowed to donate their event ticket price to the hosting charity, under Gift Aid, without the need for the price paid to be refunded to the ticket holder first.

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Increased risk of fraud and cyber crime

By Alan Hough | 6 June 2020

The Government has once again warned that fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 in order to carry out fraud and cybercrime.

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Staff-related matters (including furlough scheme update)

By Jackie Fletcher | 5 June 2020

There are two major updates for staff-related matters at this time.

The first relates to employment contracts. On 6 April this year, new regulations came into force with significant changes to the rules on written statements of employment. The first major change is that employees, and now also paid workers, have the right to a written statement of employment on day one.

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Making decisions as trustees

By Stephen Mathews | 4 June 2020

We recognise that being a church or charity trustee at the present time is not easy. All the normal rules of operation appear to be removed, and even the simple task of meeting together to discuss issues is not possible. So how do you make biblically based decisions at a time like this?

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Available financial assistance (other than the furlough scheme)

By Alan Hough | 3 June 2020

The Government has launched several loan schemes designed to finance entities through the difficulties caused by COVID-19.

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Completing the Annual Report and Accounts

By Stephen Mathews | 2 June 2020

If you are in the process of compiling your Annual Report and Accounts (particularly on an accruals basis) then COVID-19 can’t be ignored. This is partly about what is legally required but also about what people want to know. References to COVID-19 will range from the fleeting, through considering possible post balance sheet events, right up to being the cause threatening whether your church or charity can continue.

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