Regulator helps accountants to submit returns online on behalf of charities

The Charity Commission has made a form available on its website, allowing charities to nominate agents to file their accounts

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has launched a new digital service that will allow charities’ accountants to submit accounts on their behalf.

The regulator said today that the service was designed to make the filing process quicker and easier.

Charities with annual incomes of more than £25,000 and all charitable incorporated organisations must file accounts with the regulator within 10 months of the end of their financial years.

In order to use the new service, a charity must authorise its accountant or nominated agent to file its accounts by completing an online form.

Neville Brownlee, chief operating officer at the Charity Commission, said the regulator had often been contacted by accountants asking whether they could submit their clients’ accounts to the commission.

"The new service makes this possible," he said. "We are aiming to streamline and simplify the process for all those involved."

Brownlee said the new tool had been launched alongside a reminder from the regulator for charities to file their accounts online and on time.

"I urge third parties to make use of this service and remain accountable to the public," he said.

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