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Registration of Charities

The Charities Act 2006 changed the way in which excepted and exempt charities are regulated. It is the intention of the Charity Commission to ensure that all these charities are registered with the exception of certain charities that have there own ‘principal regulator’.

From 31 January 2009 all excepted charities with an annual income over £100,000 must register with the Charity Commission. The deadline is October 2009. These charities are largely connected with churches and scouts and guides.

Excepted charities with an annual income over £100,000 will not need to register until 2012.

There are however a certain group of churches that are required to register immediately if their annual income exceeds £5,000. These include The Church of the Nazarene, The Free Church of England, Independent Methodists, Wesleyan Reformed Union and Churches of Christ.

For exempt Charities, the majority of these are listed in Schedule 2 to the Charities Act 1993. How these charities will be dealt with will depend upon whether or not they are already governed or will be governed by a principal regulator in the future.

All exempt charities will ultimately be registered. It is likely that those with annual income over £100,000 will need to register first but no date has been set.

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Date: 9th December, 2009
Author: Louise Giles


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