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Accountant Needed to prepare and file first set of accounts 2 Replies

Hi AllWe are looking for a reasonably priced accountant who has experience of CIC's Ltd by guarantee, based preferably in Gloucestershire area but will look at South West.  Does anyone have any…Continue

Started by Georgina Balfour-Ackroyd. Last reply by Paul Weaver Sep 15.

Insurance Requirements 4 Replies

Hi AllOur next step is to find an insurance provider that is conversant with the workings of a CIC.We need to provide insurance for a 40 acre plot of land to insure against damage incurred and also…Continue

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Started by Sam Hardy. Last reply by Simon Hickman (Access Insurance) May 19.

Money Donations 2 Replies

Please could someone clarify if general donations to a CIC are classed as taxable income ie if someone donated £10,000, would we have to pay tax on that if we had not spent it by our year end?ThanksContinue

Started by Debbie La-Haye. Last reply by John Mulkerrin Mar 26.

Donation of land 1 Reply

Would a private company or individual be able to donate land to a CIC and gain any kind of tax advantage? Also, how would that affect the CIC? Would we have to pay tax on the value of the land?Continue

Started by Debbie La-Haye. Last reply by Alastair Irvine Mar 26.

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Comment by Terry Atkinson on October 24, 2011 at 13:32

Hi everyone

We are an accountancy c.i.c. based in the north east of England. We provide low cost accountancy support for third sector organisations in Durham, Northumberland & Tyne & Wear tel 0191 3874469

Comment by Dick Maule FCA on September 30, 2011 at 11:15

For small tax issues in the not for profit sector IR regulations will allow 5 year exemption from filing when a dormant signal is appropriate.[i.e. CT is due on bank interest only and the CT is under £100].

I am finding a surprising lack of hassle getting the revenue to agree to this....

 

Comment by Margaret Manuell on September 28, 2011 at 19:46
Hi Alastair. We actually don't make a profit - what comes in is what goes out. Technically we made a loss in each of the last two years. We hold a small reserve for emergencies. Most of our income is from funding; otherwise we charge our services at cost.
Comment by Alastair Irvine on September 28, 2011 at 15:25

Margaret, what you describe sounds like you're claiming that the CIC is "not trading with a view to making profit" and thus is taxed only on interest income.

I would be careful with this, as most social social enterprises do trade with a view to making a profit, they just do nice things with the profit. HMRC is unlikely to question this but could, so this will not apply to all CICs.

Comment by Margaret Manuell on August 17, 2011 at 15:03

Hi 

Our problem was eventually solved by an accountancy firm acting as our tax agent pro bono. Because of the nature of our activities and the fact that directors/members are volunteers and receive no share payments, all income being returned to further our community work, we are counted as non-trading and only have to pay tax on any interest (if any) we earn from reserves.  I thought this might be of interest to other similarly set-up c.i.c.s

Comment by Margaret Manuell on June 4, 2011 at 0:03

Hi Heidi

Thanks for your reply.  Unfortunately this year they have changed CT600 and it no longer looks like it did.  It's no longer an online form but a downloaded Adobe pdf with encrypted permissions, which requires either Adobe 9 or 10X. I filled the old online form without problems last year & sent up the pdf documents in support.  This year the form is more complex.  It asks for full details of directors. It also requires information about accounting models and depreciation rules and lots of other stuff in supplementary boxes, before going on to profit & loss (by which time it's reached number AC 12, and instead of a simple turnover and expenses declaration, each is broken down into sub divisions that mostly don't have anything to do with our activities.  I will try just putting in our gross figures and see if the form will accept them, if not we'll have to pass the hat round to pay for an accountant. 

Margaret

Comment by Heidi Harris on June 3, 2011 at 14:08

Hi Margaret

You can use the forms that HMRC provide online to complete your tax return.  This will enable you to also submit the accounts in the right format for HMRC.  To do this you would need to be registered with HMRC's online services.  There is a demo of their system (I'm not sure how good it is!) at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/demo/organisation/corporation-tax/

 

In relation to the income and expenditure categories, you would be entering your income under Turnover at Box 1 (assuming that it is not Government grants that are not taxable), and then entering your surplus at Box 3 and again at Box 5.  If you have no other income or losses then this figure is also entered at Box 21 and 37.  Then you would need to calculate the tax payable.

 

If you are still having difficulty completing this using their online system, it may be that you need to get an accountant to file this for you.  From 1 April the accounts have to be submitted in IXBRL format and the tax returns must be submitted online, so its not as straight forward as it used to be.

Comment by Margaret Manuell on June 2, 2011 at 21:37
Hi - I'm looking for help.  Form CT600  defeats me completely & don't know how to proceed. We are a 'not-for-profit' social enterprise. None of our directors are paid as directors and they hold no shares. Any cash remaining at the end of the year is put towards future services. We operate an income and expenditure account, showing income from funding, local partnership service agreements and a small amount from donations, and occasional stall selling or raffling gifted items and small purchases, and expenses including free-lance practitioner fees. We have no staff and do not have the funds to employ an accountant.
Our "profit" last accounting year was less that £600, and apart from about £4000 of equipment bought, mostly from funding, or inherited from our previous existence as a constituted association, and we have no other assets.   I filed our simple accounts and did the required company report at CH months ago but am absolutely stuck on the tax returns to HMR&C. Last year I was able to upload our pdf documents - copies of what we returned to CH - and using a simple online form which has now been superseded. We are finding it very difficult to fill in tax form CT600 because so many of the categories do not match the sort of income and expenditure categories applicable to us, and the notes aren't very enlightening. Basically, nothing fits.  I've tried my best, I keep getting the dreaded red boxes telling me there are errors. 
 I've calculated the tax owing and paid it, but the cut-off date for filing the returns is looming.  Can you advise us of any other way that small community interest companies can submit accounts to HMR&C other than by CT600.  The information on directors has already been filed at CH.
 

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