Government says charity shop tax relief rules will not change

Charity shop
Charity shop

The government says it has no plans to change the rules on business rate relief for charity shops and will not be changing the definition of what constitutes a charity shop, according to its response to recommendations from the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee.

The committee published its recommendations in March after it conducted an inquiry into the UK retail sector. These included that the government review the "blanket reduction" of 80 per cent rate relief to all charities that use premises for charitable purposes because there were potential loopholes in the system that might cause unfair competition between charities and other retailers, such as book shops.

But the government response says it will not change the rate relief rules. "The government agrees with the select committee that charitable organisations play an important role in our local communities," the response says.


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