Charity tax commission publishes terms of reference

The commission undertaking a full review of how the tax system works for charities has published its terms of reference, it was announced today.

The Charity Tax Commission will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the current tax treatment of charities and make recommendations on how to improve the current system to ensure it generates maximum public benefit.

The commission’s work will be carried out over a period of 18 months with a public call for evidence launched in February next year. A series of public sessions will also be held across the country where charities will be able to provide face-to-face feedback on their experience and views of the system of charitable tax and reliefs. The commission will publish its final report, containing practical and actionable recommendations to government, by spring 2019.

The commission’s work will be supported by an expert advisory group and a wider sector reference group. The commission aims to finalise membership of both groups in the coming weeks.

Charities and members of the public will be able to keep updated on the commission’s work through its webpage, which includes information about its members and activities.

The commission was established by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and held its first meeting in November. It is chaired by Sir Nicholas Montagu, a former chairman of Inland Revenue.

For more information please contact Daniela Wulf, trainee external relations officer at NCVO, on 020 7520 2424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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