A closer look at your charity's obligation to prepare and file annual accounts.
Every charity (whether it has reached the threshold for registration with the Commission or not) must keep accounts and prepare annual accounts, which must available to members of the public on request.
However, only registered charities with a gross annual income greater than £25,000 and CIOs, irrespective of income, must file their accounts with the Commission. There are varying requirements depending on income and charities should refer to the Charities SORP for detailed requirements. For example, there are specific requirements in relation to the disclosure of grant making activities, accounting for heritage assets or accounting for branch or linked charities.
Overall, there are several filing requirements of which charity trustees must be aware. Complying with filing requirements not only satisfies the Charity Commission in its role as regulator and ensures the Register of Charities is accurate, but also reassures potential donors and funders and may encourage volunteer and public engagement.
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