Do we need to register as a charity?
In England and Wales it is a legal requirement for organisations engaged in exclusively charitable purposes, with an annual income of more than £5,000, to register as a charity with the Charity Commission. For more information see Charity Registration - England and Wales.
In Northern Ireland it is now a legal requirement for all PTAs to register as a charity, regardless of size or income level, or whether they have already received charitable tax status from HMRC. There are no exceptions or exemptions, and failure to register could result in High Court Action against your PTA committee members.
Who are the trustees of our association?
How do we register as a charity?
What are the benefits of becoming charity registered?
There are many benefits, which include:
- exemption from the payment of income and corporation tax
being able to receive charitable donations from local and national companies
being eligible to apply to grant-making charitable trusts: most charitable trusts will give grants only to groups formally recognised as charities
- being able to receive donations made through Payroll Giving and Company Matched Giving schemes
- being eligible to apply for Gift Aid.