HMRC launches survey on a name for its online charity registration service

Respondents can choose one of the options provided or make their own suggestions as a name for the service for organisations that qualify as charities for tax purposes

HM Revenue & Customs
HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a survey to help decide what name to give its new online registration service for organisations qualifying as charities for tax purposes.

The SurveyMonkey poll was launched by HMRC yesterday.

It asks respondents to rank, in order of preference, five possible names: Apply to register your charity with HMRC; Apply to HMRC for recognition as a charity for tax purposes; HMRC charities registration; Apply for recognition as a charity for tax purposes; and Register for tax relief and repayment claims.

It also gives respondents the opportunity to suggest other names, and asks for help with a name for the update service that allows users to go online to change the details of their charities. Again, respondents who do not like HMRC’s suggestions – which include Update your charity’s information and Change your HMRC recognised charity’s details – can provide alternatives.

HMRC began a trial of the thus far unnamed digital registration service in June. A spokesman for HMRC said it could not provide a date for the service’s full launch. "Further information will be provided in due course," he said.

An online services where charities can reclaim tax was launched in 2013 and was called Charities Online, but until now charities have been able to make such a claim only after they have registered for a charity reference number, using the paper form ChA1.

Separately, HMRC and the Charity Commission have been planning to develop a joint registration process. It was hoped this would be launched in 2015, although in January Sam Younger, the previous chief executive of the commission, suggested that it might be delayed further. The HMRC spokesman said it continued to work with the commission on the project.

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