The Charity Retail Association

Charity Retail Association produces members’ charity taxation campaign pack

We have published a campaign pack on charity taxation and reliefs to encourage its members to respond to the Charity Tax Commission’s call for evidence on both topics. The last review of charity taxation and reliefs took place more than 20 years ago so it’s good that our members now have the chance to shape the views of the recently-formed independent Charity Tax Commission.

The commission has asked for charities and interested parties to give their opinions on the purpose of charity taxation as a whole, and is requesting comments on various individual tax reliefs.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) established the Commission in October 2017 to undertake a full review of the impact of the tax system on charities. Commission chair, Sir Nicholas Montagu, a former chair of the Inland Revenue, is working alongside a board of six commissioners with extensive charity, economic, and fiscal policy expertise. Their call for evidence can be downloaded on the NCVO website.

Chief Executive, Robin Osterley, who sits on the reference group for the Commission, said: “We believe three areas: Gift Aid, business rates relief, and transparency, should have particular interest to charity retailers.

“We encourage all of our members to respond, and the guide we’ve produced outlines the key points they may wish to use in sending a response.”

Member Guide Charity Tax Commission (pdf format)

All responses must be emailed by 5pm, Friday 6 July 2018 to