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Charities can cash in on the new one pound coin

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The new twelve-sided one pound coin is now in circulation, offering a one-off opportunity for charities (and academies) to cash in on the change. From 15 Oct 2017, the old round one pound coin will…

Taxation article – Community enterprises

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Jon Sparkes, a tax director with Bishop Fleming and with nearly 20 years' experience in advising charities and businesses on direct tax matters, has written an article on the tax issues of community enterprises and mutual…

Probate fee rises scrapped

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Controversial plans to increase probate fees are to be scrapped due to the general election. They had been set to rise in May 2017 from as little as £155 up to as much as £20,000 for some…

What to do if you don’t have a chairperson?

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The role of the chair is to lead the board to enable it to fulfil its purpose. It will involve planning and preparing the agenda for meetings and then chairing those meetings. Without a chair…

Charities to tackle new tax danger with an old friend

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Charities that receive income from their trading activities through a separate company are being warned of a new tax danger, following a change in how the law is viewed and a change in accounting practice.…

Huge increase in probate fees “morally wrong”

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Relatives inheriting estates worth more than £300,000 from May this year are going to be hit with huge increases in court fees, as the government looks to target them as a way to reduce its…

Social Enterprises – New Rural Tourism & Development Grants – Vlog

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Calling all rural-based small social enterprises – you could be eligible for up to 100% grant funding through the new Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which covers many of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)…

Bishop Fleming helps the Charity Commission

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Bishop Fleming has been working behind the scenes to assist the Charity Commission with the development of its website and online services. We were invited to assist the Commission’s research team to establish the strengths and weaknesses…

Trustees failed to account for money spent in high risk countries

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The Charity Commission has published the results of its inquiry into the charity Masoom, which aims to provide humanitarian development and education projects in high risk areas such as Pakistan and Syria. The Commission found that…

Charities against fraud

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Fraud is the most reported crime in the UK and according to the Office for National Statistics, an individual in the UK is ten times more likely to be a victim of fraud than theft.…