NCVO's Charity Tax Commission issues call for evidence

Interested people and organisations have until 6 July to present evidence to the body set up by the NCVO to examine the tax regime for charities

The body set up by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations to carry out a review of the charity tax system has issued a call for evidence.

The Charity Tax Commission, which is led by Sir Nicholas Montagu, a former chair of the Inland Revenue, is looking to find ways to improve the effectiveness of the existing tax system for charities.

The NCVO said the group would consider the full range of taxes and tax reliefs that charities and donors are subject to and benefit from, including business rates relief, social investment tax relief, Gift Aid, VAT exemption and inheritance tax relief.

As part of its call for evidence, the group said it was particularly interested in receiving views on the extent to which the current system directed the activities of charities and encouraged certain behaviour, a statement from the NCVO said today.

The commission is also seeking views on how transparency among charities could be increased without significantly increasing the administrative burden.

Montagu said in a blog on the NCVO website today: "The aim of the commission isn’t about making unrealistic recommendations to government which are either politically or economically unachievable.

"We need to make practical, evidence-based recommendations that will be taken seriously by policy-makers, focused on increasing the effectiveness of the spend that goes on current reliefs."

The commission is also planning to hold a series of public evidence-gathering meetings during the consultation period, the NCVO said.

The deadline for evidence is 5pm on 6 July.

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