Money Matters: A CFDG conference, and calls for more information on shared services

David Ainsworth's round-up of what's happening in the finance world.

The annual conference of the Charity Finance Directors' Group will take place on 18 May in London. The conference, Austerity and Innovation, will feature keynote speeches from Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of the Young Foundation, and Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of the RNIB.

The Charity Tax Group is asking charities to submit evidence to back its claim that charities that share back-office services should be exempt from VAT. The group has been lobbying the Government to apply an EU directive that allows charities exemption from the "artificial VAT charge" created when charities subcontract services such as IT and HR to a third-party provider. The Government said in the Budget that it would consult on the exemption.

The second meeting between charities and civil servants to draw up a blueprint for Gift Aid reform has been postponed because of the general election.The meeting of the tax relief forum had been due to take place on 15 April. The forum was intended to meet every two months to draw up reforms to charity tax relief by the end of September.

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