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registration of churches as charities

Registration of churches as charities


A number of churches that believe that they are ‘fully registered’ but are not. Commonly, this is because of misunderstandings regarding building trusts, registered places of worship, being or not being an ‘excepted charity’ or thinking that HMRC has registered the charity.

This briefing paper seeks to clarify the relevant laws and clear up any misunderstandings.

Topics included:

  • What do we mean by ‘registration’?
  • What is a ‘charity’?
  • What are the different forms of ‘registration’?
  • Recognition by HMRC as a tax charity
  • What charity tax reliefs are at stake?