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Tax pitfalls for new churches: how to avoid the common problems

It is important in church life that we 'pay unto Caesar what is Caesar's' and pay unto God what is God's. Paying tax properly is important. But that does not mean paying tax that shouldn't be paid or falling into tax pitfalls that we could have spotted. This paper touches on the four main areas of tax that churches are likely to come across, highlighting some of the more significant issues that arise in each area.

Topics included:

  • The taxation of payments made to church workers;
  • Gift Aid tax recovery;
  • Corporate or income tax on the charity itself;
  • VAT