As a result of ‘administrative discrepancies’ by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), mothers may have been underpaid around £1bn in state pension. This has occurred due to information missing from the national insurance (NI) records.
Having effective internal financial controls is vitally important for charities of all shapes and sizes. Putting meaningful checks and procedures in place will help ensure trustees protect their charity’s assets and finances, as well as enhancing the quality of their decision making, as they seek to put those assets to work for the public benefit.
The new tax year has begun; this means we can now submit your tax return for the year ending 5 April 2023. The final deadline may seem a way off, but submitting as early as possible is always preferable, so you are aware of any tax liabilities in good time. Here’s a checklist of things you may wish to consider.
Accurately completing the Charity Commission Annual Return should be a top priority for all charity boards. The data declared on it is used by the Commission to regulate the sector and is often the first information a member of the public will see about your charity, when searching on the charity register.
After April 5 2025, you’ll only be able to fill National Insurance gaps going back 6 tax years, so if you have many years missing on your record, you should start considering what you can do about this.