DCA DID YOU KNOW - ANNUAL RETURNS

19th Sep 2019

Did you know… all registered charities must complete an annual return (report) for the Charity Commission?

Your annual report helps people understand what your charity does, particularly potential funders and beneficiaries.

If your charity has an income of less than £500,000 per year you can choose how you report on this but as a minimum you need to say:

  • What your charity’s purpose(s) is
  • What it has done during the year to carry out its purpose(s)
  • That you have considered, the Charity Commission’s public benefit guidance when making decisions

The report must also contain the year’s accounts for the charity. The content, format and accounting methods charities must use for this are set out in detail by the Charity Commission.

The accounts are an important part of charities’ transparency, with the public able to see how money is being spent, so it’s vital to ensure they are accurate and easy to understand.

The annual return must be completed and submitted to the Charity Commission no later than 10 months after the date of your Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Further information about writing your annual return can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prepare-a-charity-trustees-annual-report#about-charity-trustees-annual-reports

If you require any further advice and guidance on your annual return, please don’t hesitate to contact us at:

Email: info@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

Telephone: 01388 742040

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