Tax VAT and Gift Aid Conference - Birmingham

Tax and VAT Gift Aid

Thursday 26 September 2019

Hays Birmingham
3rd floor
1 Colmore Square
Birmingham B4 6HQ

Answering your VAT and Gift Aid questions

For many charities, raising income through trading activities and Gift Aid has become an increasingly important source of revenue. However, there are certain restrictions that can apply and charities need to be aware of what they can and can't claim depending on the nature and level of activity.

The conference will offer updates for those already working with VAT and Gift Aid, offering tips for optimising income, as well as those new to it, walking them through the benefits, registering and administration of VAT and Gift Aid schemes.


This event is also taking place in Newcastle, click on the link below to find out more and book:

Newcastle, Wednesday 9 October


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Helen Blundell, Director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Leila Ong, Manager, PEM

Kerry Shea, Chair, CFG

Martin Hubbard, Manager, CFG

Jonathan Mail, Head of Public Affairs and Research, Charity Retail Association

Bill Lewis, Consultant, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Rob Gunn, Corporate Tax Partner, Crowe UK LLP

Terri Bruce, Associate Director, BDO LLP

Amit Dev, Tax Technology Lead, BDO LLP

Gillian McGill, VAT and Other Indirect Taxes Associate Director, RSM

Socrates Socratous, VAT Consultancy Partner, Buzzacott

09.00 - 09.30

Registration and refreshments 

09.30 - 10.00

Opening plenary - VAT update

This opening session will give you the latest updates on VAT including irrecoverable VAT and the latest case laws. 

Socrates Socratous, VAT Consultancy Partner, Buzzacott

10.00 - 10.05

Move between sessions

10.05 - 11.00

1A: Fundraising and memberships

This session will look at the overall tax treatment (Gift Aid and VAT) of membership and fundraising activities, including claiming Gift Aid on subscriptions. 

Gillian McGill, RSM 

10.05 - 11.00

1B: Intro to Gift Aid

Perfect for those new to Gift Aid, this session will give an introduction of what Gift Aid is, covering how to register, how to administer Gift Aid and donor benefit rules.

Helen Blundell, Director, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

11.00 - 11.20

Break for refreshments 

11.20 - 12.20

2A: Getting the most of available reliefs

Optimising VAT recovery is core to the sustainability of any charity. This session will offer practical advice on tax planning and how your charity can make the most of VAT reliefs.

Leila Ong, Manager, PEM
11.20 - 12.20

2B: Record keeping

This session will give practical tips on how to keep Gift Aid records effectively including declaration claims, and GDPR relating to Gift Aid.

Helen Blundell, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

12.20 - 12.25

Move to lunchtime plenary

12.25 - 13.00


This is your chance to ask further questions about VAT and Gift Aid to a panel of speakers.


13.00 - 13.45


13.45 - 14.45

3A: Making the best use of your trading subsidiary

Join this session to learn why a charity may need a trading arm and the tax advantages of having a trading subsidiary.

Rob Gunn, Corporate Tax Partner, Crowe UK LLP

13.45 - 14.45

3B: Intro to VAT

This session will introduce VAT and explain the benefits of registering for VAT, as well as looking at what kinds of activities would be subject to VAT and the different rates that apply to them.

Bill Lewis, Consultant, Bates Wells Braithwaite
14.45 - 15.00

Refreshments break

15.00 - 16.00

4A: Grants and contracts

What is the different between a grant and a contract? This session will explore how they differ what the tax consequences of each look like, as well as a discussion around the challenges charities have had with relationships with local authorities and defining a grant or contract.

Leila Ong, Manager, PEM

15.00 - 16.00


Retail Gift Aid

This session will explore Retail Gift Aid schemes, how they operate and at the more challenging areas of retail Gift Aid when making claims.

Jonathan Mail, Head of Public Affairs and Research, Charity Retail Association

16.00 - 16.05

Move to closing plenary

16.05 - 16.35

Closing plenary : Making Tax Digital 

Making Tax Digital is one of the biggest changes to tax this year. This closing plenary will give you the opportunity to hear from a case study about the implementation of Making Tax Digital and how this affected them. What were the challenges and how has the case study dealt with them?

Terri Bruce and Amit Dev, BDO LLP

16.35 - 16.40

Chair closes and conference ends. 

Charities - Members£109.00
Charities - Non-members£152.00
Corporate - Members£249.00
Individual - Members£109.00
Individual - Non-members£152.00
Community Leisure UK - members£109.00
HTN - members£109.00

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