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Joint registration between Charity Commission and HMRC delayed

Plans for the Charity Commission and HM Revenue & Customs to set up a joint registration process for charities are likely to be delayed until 2016, the Commission has said.

The Commission also said it hoped to have a new searchable register up and running by Christmas, but that this was subject to external factors which it could not control.

And it said it would consult early next year on allowing charities to file their accounts using iXBRL, a system which is already required of larger charities and charitable companies by HMRC.
Joint registration portal

The Commission said that HMRC is leading on the process, and is now aiming at delivery in 2016.

The Commission has been working with HMRC to set up a single portal for charities to register since early last year. At that stage HMRC said it was aiming to deliver the process in 2015.

A joint registration process was first called for by Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, following a highly critical review of the Commission’s processes in March last year, in which she called the current system “hopeless”.

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