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Charity registration

Becoming a registered charity has many benefits and there’s no cost to register. There are different rules for PTAs in England and Wales to Northern Ireland (where it’s compulsory) so take a look at our information on how to set up in your region, including a step by step guide.

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England and Wales

Materials to guide you through the process in England and Wales.

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Northern Ireland

All PTAs in Northern Ireland must register with the Charity Commission regardless of the amount they raise each year. Search our materials to guide you through the process.

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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?

ALL your elected committee members are your charity trustees. The Charity Commission produces a useful guide which explains who can be a trustee and what this entails.

How do we register as a charity?

You can register online using the Charity Commission website. See our England and Wales and NI online guides which take you through the process step by step.

What are the benefits of becoming charity registered?

There are many benefits, which include:

  • 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.
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