Government to review tax environment for charities, says minister

Justine Greening, economic secretary to the Treasury, tells Charity Tax Group AGM that 'fundamental issues' will come under the microscope

Justine Greening
Justine Greening

The government will look into how it can improve the tax environment for charities, according to Justine Greening, economic secretary to the Treasury.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Charity Tax Group yesterday, Greening said she and George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, had decided to review the "fundamental issues" affecting charity taxation.

"We’re challenging ourselves to see what more we can do to support you from a tax perspective," she said.

"We’re pretty pleased with what we’ve achieved in the Budget, but we plan to keep looking. This is a core part of what we want to do. We want to encourage gifts of all kinds – large or small, money or time."

Greening said the issues the government was looking at included cost-sharing between charities, which currently creates an "artificial VAT charge", the creation of a central Gift Aid database to make it easier to identify donors and measures to encourage the gifts of pre-eminent works of art.

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