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Charities need to make the best of their finances, but in an increasingly complex minefield of tax and accounting legislation, it’s easy to go wrong. To ensure that your charity’s finances are in the best possible shape, you need expert help.

Fawcetts are the experienced professionals. We have undertaken work in your sector to achieve great results for charities, helping them make the most of their income while planning for expansion or development. We offer a complete financial services package or we can undertake individual projects depending on your needs.

Financial management is no simpler because you are a charitable organisation. In fact, this can lead to even more rules and regulations that need to be taken care of. Volunteers and paid employees at any charity will already have a full-time job without having to learn and handle technical financial matters.

Employing the service of the experts is the most cost-effective solution. This can save you time: for example, just assessing an item of income could involve consideration of the following:

  • The objects of the charity
  • The value of the item concerned
  • When it is to be received
  • Who it is to be received from
  • Why it is being received
  • The VAT consequences of its receipt
  • The corporation tax consequences of its receipt
  • The requirements of Accounting Standards
  • The requirements of the Charities SORP
  • Accounts disclosure issues.

This is just one example of the complexity facing professional charity finance managers.

Fawcetts can advise on how to implement and establish systems to categorise and process routine transactions. Our team also has vast expertise in the issues affecting financial management and reporting in the sector.

We couple this with an excellent working relationship and tailor our service to your individual needs. We maintain regular contact with our clients, not just during the audit, but throughout the year, and we build this into our overall approach to servicing a client.

We believe that investing the time to do this pays dividends at many levels over the longer-term. At the simplest level, a thorough understanding of our client’s situation allows us to target our audit work more effectively. This means we spend less time in arriving at our audit opinion – keeping annual compliance costs at an effective minimum. Where more complex issues arise, our charities team has the detailed knowledge of their clients’ circumstances to allow them to take all relevant factors into account.

This means advice is delivered more quickly and is tailored to the charity’s particular situation. It also allows us to suggest solutions that would not arise from an off-the-shelf reiteration of the relevant rules and regulations.

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Millions of people have not checked their online tax accounts for errors

Millions of people from across the UK could be paying more tax than they need to, it has emerged, after figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) showed that more than 15 million individuals have not checked their Personal Tax Accounts.

The figure means that less than half of taxpayers have accessed their accounts, risking errors in the amount they pay.

Personal Tax Accounts were introduced by the Revenue in 2015 and include details of income, state pension records and National Insurance contributions.

They were intended to make taxpayers responsible for ensuring they are on the correct tax code.

Personal Tax Accounts can be accessed at gov.uk/personal-tax-account. Registration requires your name, an email address and a password. This will generate a 12-digit Government Gateway ID which will be needed in future when you log in.

You will also need to enter a phone number to generate a separate access code, which will be sent by text or automated call.

To access your account, you will be asked to enter information from a passport, payslip or P60 as well as to answer some security questions.

Under the income section, you will find information on your tax code, including deductions made by HMRC.

It is worth checking your Personal Tax Account as soon as possible. Figures show that 6.7 million people paid the wrong amount of tax last year because their tax code was wrong.

Link: Is your online tax account fiddled with mistakes?

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