Some excepted charities now have to register

Up to 5,000 charities with incomes greater then £100,000 have to sign up from this month

Excepted charities that have incomes of more than £100,000 must begin registering with the Charity Commission from this month.

The requirement is included in the fifth commencement order of the Charities Act 2006, which came into force on 31 January, and could affect as many as 5,000 churches and armed forces charities.

A spokeswoman for the commission said the process would increase the regulator's normal registration workload by 60 per cent. She said the commission hoped to register all the applications by October. A voluntary registration process began last October (Third Sector Online, 11 September 2008).

The spokeswoman said: "This is a large task for all concerned, but we have carried out extensive preparatory work with the umbrella bodies of most excepted charities with the intention of making the registration process as straightforward as possible."

The commencement order requiring exempt charities with incomes of more than £100,000 and no other principal regulator is expected to be brought into force in October. The latest commencement order also requires a review of the operation of the Charities Act to begin before April 2011.

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