Don’t forget the Deadline for Charity Commission returns. It is the worst time of the year for many charities but help is at hand. The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on how to complete the annual monitoring return with helpful screenshots of the online return.
The Charity Commission has identified that October and January are two peak periods in which charities must submit their annual monitoring return to the charity register. If your registered charity’s financial year is 1 April – 31 March then you will have a deadline of 31 January.
All registered charities must submit their examined annual accounts and trustees’ report along with the annual monitoring return within 10 months after their full financial year after charity registration. If you haven’t received notification from the Commission that your accounts are due then please log in to the charity register to make sure that the ‘contact email for Commission use’ is correct. Please note that the publicly available email on the charity register may be different, so you need to log in to ‘Online services’ to check this.
If your charity is due to submit the annual monitoring return, please don’t leave it to the last minute as you may not have all the information to hand that you need to submit. Please note that if you file your return after the due date, a notice stating that the documents were received late will be marked in red on the public register and will stay there until the following year, even if you’re one day late.
The Commission has identified that common errors in previous returns to the charity register have included: accounts not being audited or independently examined; auditor’s/examiner’s report not included; trustees’ report not submitted; or the accounts not properly prepared. For example, accrual accounts must comply with the Charities SORP and receipts and payments accounts must include a ‘Statement of assets and liabilities’, even if the charity does not have any property.
Please see the Commission’s guidance on completing the annual monitoring return to ensure you have all the right information, or indeed if you have already submitted your return, check it to make sure it is complete. It is available along with the Commission’s other guidance on accounts and annual reporting below:
If you have any queries regarding the accounting and reporting requirements please don’t hesitate to contact the LEXXER Team who will provide an accounts completion and check service, along with a submission service to make sure you get your returns in on time.