Charity Tax Group warns campaign for exemption on development tax is not over

New government plans to scrap Community Infrastructure Levy and replace it with a tariff for all developers

Greg Clark
Greg Clark

Charities might have to campaign for a second time for an exemption from an expected new tax on development, the Charity Tax Group has warned.

Greg Clark, the planning and decentralisation minister, told Parliament earlier this month that the government was considering the future of the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax on developments that require planning permission. It was created by the Labour government and is due to be implemented this year.

The sector won partial exemption from CIL after intensive lobbying by umbrella bodies, lawyers and members of the House of Lords.

In a green paper released in February, the Conservatives said they would scrap CIL and replace it with "a single unified local tariff" that would be applicable to all developments.

The CTG said last week that it feared charities would not receive a similar exemption from any replacement legislation.

"Winning exemption was a vital victory," said Helen Donoghue, director of the CTG. "It would have cost the sector a lot of money. But if a new tax is implemented, we might have to fight the same battle all over again."

A spokesman for the Communities and Local Government department said a decision would be made as soon as possible.

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