Reforming charity taxation: towards a stronger civil society


In 2017 an independent commission was convened by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and has now launched its findings and recommendations.

In the North East VONNE facilitated a consultation event to ensure the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in the region had an opportunity to engage and contribute.

The report, Reforming charity taxation: towards a stronger civil society says that while top earners can use their self-assessment forms to claim back the additional income tax they have paid on money they give, many choose not to, while others opt not to pass it on to their chosen cause.

To improve this, one of the commission’s most eye-catching proposals is to enable higher rate tax payers to pass their tax relief onto their chosen charities more easily, potentially raising at least £250m more for good causes every year.

The report also proposes a central database like the NHS Organ Donor Card which would enable people to complete a single, enduring universal declaration covering all their subsequent gifts to charities. This would mean fewer forms and would make giving simpler for everybody.