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Urgent help needed with CT600

Dear all!I run a small CIC with very limited funds. Our numbers are simple and we have calculated a loss for the 2 years we have been running.Last year my family accountant did our accounts and was…Continue

Started by Aaminah Patel Sep 22.

Corporation tax

I am helping a couple of CICs in Bristol and would welcome some help on what is eligible or not for corporation taxEg are donations/fundraising wholely and freely given not liable for tax.What is the…Continue

Started by Jonathan Stephens Sep 3.

Confused with HMRC (Help!) 2 Replies

Hello and thanks for adding me in to the forum. I've set up a very new cic (incorporated last week) and have found lots of useful information and explainations here. Something I've never had to deal…Continue

Started by Hilary Hawkes. Last reply by Mahmood Reza Aug 14.

Re training costs

Hi I think I posted this incorrectly before so apologies for that (!) We would like to commit some of the surplus we are currently generating toward supporting counsellors and students with training…Continue

Started by Rachel Gardiner-Hill Aug 2.

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Comment by Margaret Manuell on November 29, 2017 at 16:37

I just want to point out that if you are still holding grant money for a project which spans your financial year, then that is not profit, but moneys or work owing. My suggestion is that Jenny should now go to  the online HMRC free helpline for clarification. 

Comment by Jenny Tompsett on November 29, 2017 at 16:20

Hi Naresh. Thank you for your advice. There does seem to be conflicting treatment out there. In the past, I've  had 2 established firms of accountants tell me that "because the company is Limited by Guarantee we don't have to pay CT except on interest". Also, although it seems to have got lost from this thread, I had another reply just before yours from Margaret whose experience with HMRC was more favourable.  I've copied what she said below. Can you by any chance direct to me to the legislation/HMRC regulations so I can see it in black and white before I open up this can of worms for my organisation ? Many thanks again.

At 20:25 on November 27, 2017, Margaret Manuell said… Hi Jenny, we are a small cic in a similar position. We are not-for-profit, ploughing all surplus back into the company and existing on a mixture of funding, community donations and small sales of craft goods made and donated by volunteers. We asked a company of accountants for help, and they offered to make a submission to HMRC pro bono. The Tax Inspector agreed that the company does not trade in the accepted sense and that we do not have to make returns unless our circumstances change, or if we earn interest on any cash reserves. We were repaid taxes we had paid for the three years previously, before making returns got difficult with online submissions that didn't match what we do. I advise you to approach your local third sector support organisation - they used to be called CVS, but some have set up under different names. They would be able to suggest a local tax accountant who might help you pro bono. Hope this helps. If you want to compare yourself with us, to see how you match, we are at Good luck.

Comment by Subrata Saha on November 28, 2017 at 10:03

Hi Naresh 

Information regarding  surplus grant and corporation tax you gave to Jenny is very helpful in our case.  I found you give very clear information that easy to understand the relationships between grant and HMRC requirement for tax purposes. I need to have advice on how to declare a CIC company dormant and dealing with financial side. I got your mobile number. Thanks Subrata


Comment by Naresh Rao on November 28, 2017 at 0:09

Hi Jenny

CIC's are subject to corporation tax on any surplus they make. The "not for profit issue" relates to needing to reinvest any surplus to the business rather than distribute to shareholders.

If most of your income comes from grant then most should be spent on the projects that the grant was provided for, and so in the long run there is no profit as all the grant is spent.

But in any given accounting period if there is surplus, tax is payable.

I am happy to talk you through this over the phone if it would help.

Naresh Rao

NRL Finance Ltd

offering stress free business solutions to small businesses and especially CICs

M: 07526 716013

Comment by Jenny Tompsett on November 27, 2017 at 18:22

Hi-can anyone advise me on the position of CICs in relation to Corporation Tax ? We are a small Company Limited by Guarantee and we provide educational art facilities. We get the majority of our income from grants but we also charge a subscription for use of our supervised workshop by artists and we charge for art courses many of which are for disadvantaged groups. We do not regard ourselves as "trading with a view to making a profit" although for the last few years we have made small surpluses which add to our reserves and which will in future be ploughed back into our social enterprise objectives. We have had conflicting advice from accountants and I can find no definitive ruling on HMRC's or other websites. The theorists say that we are subject to CT and others say not. Does anyone have first hand knowledge of  HMRC disputing the "not trading with a view to making a profit" argument ? Many thanks in advance

Comment by Fiona lipscombe on August 14, 2017 at 15:09
It is tricky - can you recommend an accountant as the ones we know don't seem to know.
Comment by John Mulkerrin on August 14, 2017 at 14:54

Well, if you have a trawl through all the old discussions on here you will get a lot more detail but in essence roughly the same message. Firstly Its a bit of a tricky area so you should get professional help. 

But, in many circumstances it is possible for CIC Directors to receive payment from a CIC for Non Director activity conducted on behalf of the CIC.

If the individual can show other earnings in these areas of activity that should generally satisfy the rules on being regarded as separate employment to the CIC.

Here's a good previous thread and there are a few if you look back

Comment by Fiona lipscombe on August 14, 2017 at 14:34
We don't have an accountant as such as we haven't need anyone as yet but have been in touch with 4 and no one seems to know. The CIC regulator has said we can do it by self assessment.
Comment by John Mulkerrin on August 14, 2017 at 14:30

Hi Fiona

The position is as it is for normal companies, so very surprised about HMRC response. 

Its generally the detail around your other jobs, do you have an accountant or would like me to recommend one to you?

Comment by Fiona lipscombe on August 9, 2017 at 10:54

Advice please! 

We are a newly formed CIC (started in November 2016) and run a community Festival. This year we covered our costs and have £20,000 extra to pay the 5 Directors. We don’t know whether we can do this on a self-employed basis and invoice the CIC and declare it under our individual self-assessment returns or have to set up a PAYE under the CIC Company.  We all have other jobs and do this part time. The payments will be £10,000 to one Director and £2,500 to the other 4. The jobs the Directors do are as follows:- Overall responsibility for the Festival,  Social media, Entertainment Director, and Technical and Financial Support.


There is no guarantee in the future that there will be a payment so as of now this is a one off sum. There is no employment contract or anything in our Articles of Association about Directors payments as we cannot be sure we will have enough money year on year. We are not in a position to pay monthly salaries


I’ve contacted the HRMC and various accountants by phone and no one seems to be sure what the position is. Can you help?

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