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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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Self-employed workers may miss out on mortgages due to changes in delivery of SA302 forms

Self-employed workers in the UK have reported their struggles to acquire a mortgage, after HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) changed the way it issues details of tax calculations and tax year overviews for submission with mortgage applications.

Until recently accountants and workers themselves have been able to obtain a paper copy of form SA302 that lenders require in order to complete the mortgage application process.

However, from 4 September 2017 HMRC has confirmed that it will no longer issue paper copies and will instead provide digital versions.

This will make the process of securing a mortgage more difficult for self-employed workers and may even further restrict the number of lenders that will offer a mortgage, with reports already coming in of lenders insisting on original paper copies rather than electronic printouts.

Self-employed individuals and their advisers will be required to supply the relevant year’s tax computation, printed from the adviser’s software, along with the tax year overview that advisers can print from HMRC’s online services website, in order to act as a self-serve SA302 that will satisfy lenders.

HMRC has already undertaken discussions with UK Finance, formerly the Council of Mortgage Lenders, about lenders’ requirements. However, the list of lenders who will accept self-serve SA302 forms omits some big high street names.

Many accountants are therefore reminding self-employed individuals to check their lender’s requirements early on in the mortgage application process.

LINK: SA302 Tax Calculation

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