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Registered charities must inform the Charity Commission that they’re closing so they can be removed from the Register of Charities. How and when you notify the Charity Commission will depend on your turnover and legal structure.
It may be appropriate for you to report a serious incident to the Charity Commission as soon as possible. For example, if the organisation is facing insolvency or a significant loss of income. It’s the responsibility of the charity’s trustees to decide whether an incident is significant and should be reported.
The Charity Commission has useful examples of serious incidents you need to report (PDF, 381KB).
If your organisation is set up as a company you’ll need to inform Companies House of your closure.
You must make sure your charity is removed from the Companies House register before it can be removed from the register of charities.
Read their guidance on closing a limited company.
You may need to contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and let them know you’re planning to close and that you have ceased trading, especially if you employ staff.
Every organisation which processes personal information needs to pay a data protection fee to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) unless they’re exempt.
You’ll need to contact the ICO and explain you want to deregister. You’ll also need to explain who will now be responsible for the personal information held by your organisation. For example, it may be transferred to another organisation.
If you deliver any regulated services you’ll likely need to inform specific sector regulators. For example, if you deliver health and social care or offer money and debt advice.
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