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queen's speech - charities will be able to claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small donations without gift aid declarations

It was announced today in the Queen's Speech that charities will be able to claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small donations without gift aid declarations. This new scheme will boost income for charities and help reduce their administrative burdens. This proposal will come into effect from April 2013 with a top up payment of 25p for every £1 collected in the UK. This will apply where individuals donate £20 or less. The main charities that will see benefit are likely to be the smaller organisations who rely on bucket collections



firewalk for winston's wish

On 12 May 2012 I will be taking part in a firewalk challenge to raise funds for Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity. This special event is being held at the Jackie Stewart Pavillion Paddocks, Goodwood Motor Circuit. A team of firewalk professionals will provide me and other fundraisers with 2 hours of training before we embark on this amazing challenge.

spofforths' client supports the battle against blood cancer

Don Wales, a long-term Spofforths client is set to make a special presentation about the Bluebird K7 at a fundraising event for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA) on 16 May 2012. It is being held at a private motor museum in Surrey and I will be joining Don for the evening. All funds raised will help to cover the cost of two new pieces of equipment for the Haematology Department at King’s College Hospital in London, where health experts are developing new treatments for blood cancers.

bluebird raises vital funds for charity

Spofforths' client Don Wales made a fantastic presentation about the Bluebird K7, on 16 May 2012, at a charity event for the Lions International Blood Research Appeal. I joined 90 guests at a private motor museum in Surrey to hear Don speak about his Bluebird team and plans for a centenary celebration this year. He also gave a heartfelt account of his uncle, Donald Campbell’s, fatal accident on Coniston Water.

a fantastic turnaround in charity fortunes

It seems that the chancellor has come to his senses and finally listened to charities with his latest u turn. He has now indicated that he will abandon the plan to cap relief on charitable donations announced on 21 March.

rathbones' annual charity symposium

Join Spofforths’ Partner Mark Spofforth for the Rathbones’ Annual Charity Symposium at the British Museum in London, on Wednesday 12 September 2012. It is a challenging time for Trustees given the current economic climate, and Trustees and their advisers are being encouraged to attend the event to enjoy some topical discussion and share ideas.

charity tax

I am pleased to see that the government have announced a u-turn on the charity tax announced in the budget. The planned cap of 25% or £50,000 (whichever is higher) on higher rate tax payers tax relief will still go ahead in April as planned but will now exclude the relief given on their charitable donations.

Spofforths enter Worthing dragon boat race 2012

We are looking forward to the Worthing Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 29 July and have a team of paddlers taking part to raise funds for the Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service. In our 40-foot Dragon Boat, team ‘Spofforths’ will compete in a series of races on Brooklands Lake in Lancing. The event will be opened at 9.45am by the Mayor of Worthing, the Chairman of Adur District Council and Tim Loughton MP.

Spofforths support dizzy golf day

Hope you are all enjoying this glorious sunshine, let's hope it's like this for the dizzy: Support for Diabetes golf day next Friday 3rd August 2012, this year being held at the fabulous Chichester Golf Club (Hunston).

Spofforths row for charity

There was a great atmosphere at Brooklands Pleasure Park in Lancing, on Sunday 29 July, as we took to the water for the Worthing Dragon Boat Festival 2012. Our fantastic team of paddlers and a drummer raced against 18 other dragon boats to help raise funds for the Worthing and District Animal Rescue Service. So far generous sponsors have donated £570 and we still hope to reach our £1,000 target.

Lord Hodgson's review of charities act 2006 giving back to charities

The long-awaited report from Lord Hodgson reviewing the Charities Act 2006 has been published. The statutory review was established to look into specific aspects of the 2006 Act and whether further changes to the legal and regulatory framework for charities were desirable. Lord Hodgson, makes over 100 recommendations, which he hopes will be considered. Some are uncontroversial; others are described as breaking new ground. Mark Spofforth will be providing an update on the regulatory framework and expected changes resulting in this review at Rathbones’ Annual Charity Symposium at the British Museum in London, on Wednesday 12 September 2012.

Charity Commission publishes new guidance on disaster relief appeals

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales, has published new guidance on starting, running and supporting charitable disaster appeals. It is intended to provide information and advice to charities as well as members of the public who want to give much needed help to people affected by a disaster or other humanitarian crisis.

Spofforths sponsor charity of the year award

To celebrate the launch of the County Times Community Awards 2012 and our
sponsorship of the Charity of the Year category, Director of Spofforths
Private Client Services Philip Lansberry recently featured in the paper. At
Spofforths we work with many charities and Philip told the West Sussex
County Times what an important role they play in our community and how proud
he is to be involved with these awards.

Charity Commission releases audio podcasts to help trustees

The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, yesterday launched the first in a new series of audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees develop their understanding of their duties under charity law. Click here to find out more.

Key issues faced by charity treasurers

The October edition of Sussex Life is now in print and features our Tax Consultant, Jo White, who looks at some key issues that charity treasurers might face. Jo was asked to produce the case study style feature that is sure to benefit those who seek specialist charity advice. You can read the full article which appears on page 277 by clicking here.

New online guide to introduce new trustees to duties

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published an online Trustees Handbook aims to help charities ensure a smooth handover between departing and newly appointed trustees. The guide also informs new trustees about their duties and responsibilities towards their charities and explains how to make use of the Commission’s online services and guidance.

Supporting Children in Need 2012

We look forward to taking part in a Bowling Bonanza, on Thursday 15 November, in aid of Children in Need. We have two teams competing in the charity event which is being held at AMF Worthing. Organisers, Bennett Griffin, hope to raise in excess of £2,500.

Christmas Cheer for Charities in Horsham

To celebrate the festive season, we are delighted to sponsor Horsham’s Christmas Charity Market for the fourth year. The special event is being held at the Carfax on Sunday 25 November from 10am to 4pm. Organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham in association with Horsham District Council, there will be a great programme of activities.

Charitable advice at Christmas

Christmas is coming and our nearest and dearest and close friends are very much in our thoughts.

A Heartwarming Awards Evening in Horsham

It was a pleasure to attend the West Sussex County Times Community Awards last night, Tuesday 20 November, and enjoy an evening of celebrations. We joined other event sponsors at Horsham’s Capitol Theatre to honour those who make a huge difference to our community. It was a very emotional evening as various category winners talked about their work and experiences.

Charity Trading

Contrary to popular belief charities are able to carry out trading activities - and many do. The income from the sale of goods and services by the voluntary and community sector now makes up over half of the sector's incoming resources.

However there are significant tax implications to a charity's ability to trade.

New charity status is now open to applicants

A new legal status for charities is now available as the Charity Commission are accepting applications to register as charitable incorporated organisations (CIO).

Sarah Ediss talks about charities carrying out trading activities

In the latest edition of Sussex Life, Spofforths’ Partner Sarah Ediss provides charities with some useful advice about trading. Many charities do carry out trading activities and it is vital that they are aware of the tax implications

Horsham Pancake Races

A record number of teams entered the Horsham Pancake Races, on 19 February 2013, and we really enjoyed taking part. The annual event, organised by Horsham Rotary and the District Council, was held in the Carfax and compered by children’s television personality Dave Benson Phillips.

Charity Trustees Training Day

We are co-hosting an educational seminar for charity trustees with Rathbones on Thursday 25 April 2013. The event at Pallant House Gallery, in Chichester, will begin with a morning of discussion followed by lunch.

Helpful tips for Charities

Today we co-hosted a seminar for charity trustees alongside Rathbones Investment Managers.

Charity Commission invites feedback on draft guidance

The Charity Commission has opened an informal discussion on ‘new draft guidance for trustees about how to manage conflicts of interest’. This is so the principles and practical steps are explained in a clearer way.

The Charity Commission has warned charities about accepting suspect donations

A number of charities have unfortunately been the subject of donation scams. The scam usually involves a large donation being made on the condition the charity sends half of it onto another specified charity in another country.

Spofforths Sponsor a second successful Horsham Garden Music Festival

The Horsham Garden Music Festival is a local charity that was established last year for the purpose of putting on a series of summer music events in the Human Nature Garden.

A helping hand for charities

From local church groups to international aid organisations, charities have a myriad of regulatory and compliance issues to contend with as they strive to deliver their core charitable objectives.

12 Hour Zumbathon to support Children’s Hospice

On 25th August commencing at midnight; Spofforths are sponsoring a 12 hour Zumbathon to raise awareness for Children’s Hospice Chestnut Tree House based in Arundel.

Spofforths help raise over £10,000 for Children's Hospice

Spofforths sponsored a 12 hour Zumbathon to raise awareness for Children’s Hospice; Chestnut Tree House which commenced at midnight on Sunday 25th August.

Giraffes in Horsham

Spofforths are joining many other Horsham businesses and sponsoring a giraffe in a project run by Horsham Unlimited alongside Horsham Rotary. The Spofforths’ giraffe will be decorated by Collyers 6th Form College, signed by a celebrity, and then displayed in Swan Walk shopping centre. There will also be a parade of the giraffes through the town centre during half term.

Horsham’s Stick Your Neck Out Giraffe Trail

Horsham’s giraffe trail begins On Saturday 26th October from 10.30am and all 51 giraffes will be paraded through Horsham Town Centre starting in Swan Walk. Weather permitting; they will visit the Carfax, Pirie’s Place, Park Walk, East Street, Market Square, Middle Street, The Forum, and West Street before departing for their temporary homes in locations around the town, where they will be on view to the public. Everyone is then able to follow the giraffe trail to guess the names and admire all the beautiful designs.

Spofforths Employee Represents England at the European Tenpin Bowling Championships

Spofforths Lisa John has just returned from representing England at the European Champions Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia. This event is for Europe’s best bowlers to compete on a level playing field to determine the best of the best.

West Sussex Community Awards Tonight

The West Sussex Community Awards are taking place tonight at The Capitol in Horsham and Spofforths Partner Sarah Ediss and Director of Private Client Services Phil Lansberry will be attending to present the award for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year category.

Going for Gold Geoff – Set 4 Success

CHARITY GIRAFFE TRAIL HORSHAM

GEOFF’S STORY

Spofforths Staff Raised Over £600 for Children in Need 2013

On Friday 15 November, Spofforths offices participated in Children in Need. Apart from the usual dress down day, each of the offices also devised their own activities to contribute to this worthy cause.

Carrying back Gift Aid donations to the previous tax year

Individuals can ask for Gift Aid donations to be treated as being paid in the previous tax year. If they have made gift aid donations in 2013/14 already, or make them before 31 January 2014, the amounts can be carried back to relieve higher rate (or additional rate) taxed income in the previous tax year. Specifically, additional rate taxpayers with taxable income in excess of £150,000 should consider a carry back since the top rate of tax dropped from 50% in 2012/13 to 45% in 2013/14 so the same gift can generate greater tax savings through carry back.

Charity Shops and Gift Aid

Many people make donations of unwanted clothes and other goods to charity shops. If you have done this in recent years you will almost certainly have been asked by the staff in the shop if you want to Gift Aid your donation. This may come as a bit of a surprise because you were of the opinion that Gift Aid applied only to gifts of money! Actually you were quite right – Gift Aid is only applicable to gifts of money. This does not mean that what the charity shop is asking you to do is to take part in some tax avoidance scheme but there are some misconceptions on both sides about what is actually happening here.

Spofforths Partner Mark Spofforth Receives OBE

Spofforths are very proud to announce that Mark Spofforth, Chichester Partner has received an OBE in the 2014 Honours list for his service to the accountancy profession.

Spofforths Employee Maria has her TV Debut!

Maria Henderson, from the Spofforths Brighton Office performed with her group The Sleigh Belles on ITV’s This Morning on 20th December.

What Is Crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is growing in popularity as a new channel of fundraising for thousands of nonprofits in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. If you're unfamiliar with it let us explain more ...

Crowdfunding For The Charity Sector

Crowdfunding is a new source of funding which uses social networking platforms to raise funds. The most popular “platforms” or websites currently being used are “Kickstarter” which tends to be for creative projects, “Indiegogo”, “Crowdfunder” and “Crowdcube” which is an equity based platform.

Leaving a Charitable Gift in your Will

"Remember A Charity in your Will Week" is an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to take a moment to consider leaving a gift to charity when writing a Will.

Is your Church HMRC Compliant?

With another financial year-end of Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) having just flown by we are being reminded of the HMRC legislation on payments made to Organists.

Following on from the decisions of three Employment Tribunal cases, Organists are now to be regarded as employees and not self-employed. The Church of England tried to argue that an Organist remains self-employed, but lost the case. This situation has prevailed since 2007/08. The Local Religious Centre exemption became defunct as of 6 April 2013.

Spofforths visit the House of Commons

Partner Sarah Ediss, Tax Consultant Jo White and I joined 70 other business women from Mumpreneurs yesterday for a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.

Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO)

Last month a final release came into place stating all unincorporated charities are now able to convert to Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs). The CIOs aim is to act as the ‘middle man’ between a charitable company and an unincorporated charity, giving trustees limited liability without being tied down by Company law.

Spofforths Horsham Office take part in charity pancake race

Four Spofforths employees from the Horsham office are taking part in the annual pancake race in Horsham’s town centre tomorrow afternoon. The race is in the form of a relay and each member must complete the course whilst flipping their pancakes and adding lemon and sugar along the way.

Horsham Annual Charity Pancake Race

The pancake race took place on Tuesday in Horsham’s Town Centre with an excellent turn out considering the weather!

Spofforths Partner attends Dame Vera Lynn Trust Swing Ball

I was delighted to be able to attend the Dame Vera Lynn Swing ball on Saturday night at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. The Dame Vera Lynn Trust runs two schools for Cerebral Palsy both here locally in West Sussex and another one in Norfolk. The evening consisted of a mixture of singing and dancing until the early hours with both ‘The Regular Joes’, an 11-piece swing and jive band and ‘The Swingtime Sisters’. They, together with Blake, Peter Andre and Hayley Westernra are firm supporters of this worthwhile cause.

Spofforths partner presents Dressed for Success Winner

Spofforths were the proud sponsors of ‘Dressed for Success’, which took place on 27 February. Dressed for Success is an exciting Horsham Unlimited (Town Centre Business Partnership) campaign, which, focuses on using business windows to inspire and delight Horsham customers. Shop fronts compete to have the best dressed window, and this year’s winner was ‘La Vida’, which is located in Pirie’s Place in Horsham Town centre.

Paying Trustees

One of the overriding characteristics of a charity is the willingness of trustees to donate their time free of charge or with only their basic expenses covered. This is important in order to maintain trust and confidence in the charity. If a charity departs from this it is important that they carefully consider not only that they have the authority to make the payments but whether a payment to a Trustee is in the best interests of the charity.

Spofforths to Speak at Dementia Workshops

Philip Lansberry, Director of Spofforths Private Client Services will be presenting at a dementia workshop on Thursday 19 June

Beyond the Stereotype – Understanding Autism

Director of Spofforths Private Client Services Philip Lansberry spoke at the World Autism Day event on Wednesday 2 April, held at the Roffey Millennium Hall, Horsham.

New crowdfunding scheme for social enterprises announced

A new crowdfunding scheme, due to begin the end of May 2014 developed by the Unity Trust Bank and The Community Development Finance Association has been announced.

Despite media scrutiny charities optimism is increasing

The not for profit sector has been under scrutiny from the media in recent months and in response are trying to become more transparent with regards to fundraising.

The charity register is being revamped

The Charity Commission is due to launch a new version of the online register of Charities in England and Wales. The register is due to be redesigned and extra information will include whether a charity belongs to the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) and details from the updated annual returns.

Spofforths join in Brighton fun run in support of research into male cancers

Staff from Spofforths Brighton and Worthing offices spent their Sunday running in the Brighton Big Balls fun run in order to raise money for research into male cancers.

Charities pension scheme deficit gets reviewed

The Charity Commission has identified 740 charities with income over £500,000 whose accounts showed a pension scheme deficit and randomly selected 97 of these for a more detailed review.

Charity Commission revise public guidance on conflicts of interest

On the 15 May 2014 the Charity Commission published revised public guidance on conflicts of interest for charity trustees.

St Catherine’s Hospice Make a Will Fortnight

Spofforths Private Client Services once again took part in St. Catherine’s Hospice Make a Will fortnight from 12 to 23 May 2014. Director of Spofforths Private Client Services Philip Lansberry and Private Client Consultant Kai Lei Lee offered a number of appointments free of charge for people to make or update their Will. Rather than paying for the service, donations were made to St Catherine’s Hospice.

New accounting standards for charities

On 22 May the FRC Board considered and approved the SORP for the new Financial Reporting Standard (FRS 102) and the SORP for Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (FRSSE).

Charity Commission Publishes New Audio Podcasts

The Charity Commission has today published two new audio podcasts, designed to help charity trustees understand their duties under charity law and deal with challenges that arise.

Setting up a Charity

There are many different structures for undertaking charitable activities and the charity commission has issued new practical guidance (CC21a) on how to choose a structure and guidance (CC22a) on how to write your governing document. These core documents are accompanied by more detailed guidance on writing charitable purposes, choosing a charity name, recruiting trustees and applying to register.

Spofforths Partner mentors aspiring baker in Cherie Blair Foundation

Spofforths partner Alison jones was approached by the Cherie Blair foundation to become a mentor to women in business and has passed the assessment stage with flying colours.

Charity Commission launches Consultation

The Charity Commission has launched an eight-week consultation on a number of proposals for changes to the Annual Return for 2015. The charity commission says it is continuing to focus on what is needed to support its regulatory work effectively, and has developed a number of proposals for changes to the annual return for 2015, including some additional questions.

Spofforths Sponsor Adur & Worthing Business Awards 2014

Spofforths are proud to be sponsoring the overall business category at the Adur & Worthing Business awards 2014

Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

The Co-operatives and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 received Royal Assent in May 2014.

New Charity accounting framework announced

The two new charity SORPs to be used for financial years beginning 1 January 2015 were published today - one for FRSSE and one for FRS102 entities. The new SORPs provide a comprehensive framework for charity accounting that all charities that prepare accrual accounts must follow.