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JustGiving and HMRC in agreement over restoring lost Gift Aid on ‘family donations’

first_img Howard Lake | 16 March 2016 | News  270 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis65 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis65 JustGiving and HMRC in agreement over restoring lost Gift Aid on ‘family donations’center_img Tagged with: Digital Gift Aid HMRC Justgiving Law / policy ResolutionJustGiving has worked with HMRC over 15 years, since it first started handling online Gift Aid declarations. HMRC assured it that the crackdown was not limited to online donations or sites that promoted ‘social giving’, but was part of a sector-wide attempt to improve the way Gift Aid was applied.Fortunately, JustGiving and HMRC have now reached an agreement that will result in many of these previously rejected Gift Aid declarations being accepted. JustGiving was able to present HMRC with feedback from donors and charities on why people chose to mention more than one name in their comments.Up to four names of linked family members acceptedA temporary lifting of the family name restriction has now been agreed. This means that JustGiving will now be able to claim Gift Aid on donations that feature comments from up to four names of linked family members.Even better, HRMC is permitting JustGiving to claim Gift Aid retrospectively on all donations from November 2015 to now that comply with this new definition.JustGiving describe this retrospective processing to be “challenging”. It is advising charities to expect the payments to be phased in over several weeks. Any successful retrospective transactions will be flagged up in JustGiving’s reporting to charities.At present it is still working on a clear process, and once it does, charities affected will be notified.In a blog post on the subject, JustGiving’s Head of Partnerships Katherine Scott-Barrett wrote:“Our ambition has always been to ensure that every UK taxpayer entitled to claim Gift Aid on their charitable donation is able to do so, and we will continue to work closely with HMRC to ensure that Gift Aid is applied accurately and fairly, while making the experience as intuitive as possible for donors”.  269 total views,  1 views today Online giving site JustGiving has reached an agreement with HMRC that will see thousands of charities regain Gift Aid income that had been rejected by HMRC because it appeared to come from more than one family member.JustGiving, along with other charities, experienced a sudden rise in rejections of Gift Aid submissions to HMRC towards the end of 2015, the result of more stringent application of regulations. Evidence of ‘family donations’ or ‘social giving’ was taken to indicate that the donation was not made out of taxed paid by one individual, and so did not qualify for Gift Aid.Multiple names triggered Gift Aid rejectionsJustGiving’s site, which encourages donors to leave public messages of support, was found to contain messages such as “with love from Mum and Dad’. These could be taken to indicate that the donation was made jointly and not by an individual tax-payer and therefore would not qualify under Gift Aid. Similarly, posting two names in the message box sender field was interpreted in the same way.Indeed, the giving service was instructed to apply this stricter definition retrospectively, with the result that the Gift Aid element on earlier donations was cancelled, resulting in charities finding that their anticipated income had suddenly dropped.The Daily Mail’s Money section today cites examples of donors who found that their Gift Aid declaration had been removed retrospectively in Shameless HMRC grabbing thousands in charity cash: Why writing ‘love mum and dad’ on donations lets taxman pocket a fat slice.It quotes one donor who donated £300 at Christmas to a hospice that had cared for his son who found his £75 Gift Aid payment had disappeared from the giving page. He said:“Of course I’m going to write my wife’s name on a message to our son. We are his mum and dad. But that shouldn’t mean my donation isn’t eligible for Gift Aid — I was donating my money from my bank account that I’d earned and paid tax on.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Volunteers Dig in to Help Environment

first_imgThe community will come together to plant beach plums to help strengthen Ocean City’s dunes to protect the homes and businesses from coastal storms (Photos courtesy of Alma George) By MADDY VITALE Environmentally conscious students and adults in Ocean City will work together Saturday to help fortify the precious dunes that act as nature’s barrier against coastal storms.Members of the city’s Environmental Commission and the high school Environmental Club will team up to plant beach plum plants in the dunes near 57th Street beginning at 11 a.m. All volunteers will wear face masks and observe social distancing guidelines.It is an event that is not only needed, environmentalists say, but one that they are eager to finally get to do after a year of COVID-19 cancellations.“We have been trying to do this for a couple of years. Last year we had it set up and it got canceled. Needless to say, everyone is anxious to be able to get outside and do this,” Environmental Commission Chairman Rick Bernardini said Thursday.He continued, “We were anxious for the kids to get to do a project and this is an opportunity for the kids to get out and do something together.”Bernardini added that the area of 57th Street has mature dunes there. The plantings will help fortify the dunes.“It is an area where I think the plantings will help the beach a lot,” he noted. “There is an access road there. Our plan is to secure the edges of the dune.”The beach plums are hearty and have long roots.Beach plums are native to the area and their roots spread to help stabilize and strengthen dune systems.Alma George, owner of Jalma Farms in Ocean View, is not only donating 75 to 100 beach plums for the plantings, but will also be on hand to offer guidance on how to plant them and all of the benefits of strengthening the dunes.Bernardini thanked George for her donation of beach plums and for help.“Alma has been very helpful. It cost us nothing to do this, but some labor,” he said. “The city’s Public Works Department is providing us with top soil.”George explained how the beach plums are particularly hearty, despite their beauty capped by white flowers.“Their roots go down to find water and spread out under the sand. Once they get big enough, they act as a wind break almost like a snow fence,” she said.She pointed out that the beach plums have to be planted in deep holes about 10 feet apart.The beaches are just part of the entire picture of nature and its significance, George said.“Part of my business is to plant beach plums on the beaches, but it is also to farm a commercially viable product,” she said. “I have lived on a property that is 300 years old. I live in a piece of nature. If we don’t protect our beaches and help them, we won’t have them anymore.”Beach plums are native to the area and help fortify the dunes.last_img read more

News story: Call for evidence: Administrative Reviews

first_imgLaunching the ‘call for evidence’, David Bolt said: Administrative Reviews submission ICIBI 5th Floor Globe House 89 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1PN In my 2019-20 inspection plan, I signalled my intention to carry out a further inspection of the Home Office’s Administrative Review (AR) processes, following on from my initial inspection of ARs, published in 2016 and re-inspection in 2017. My intention is to look again at the areas specified in the 2014 Immigration Act, namely: As I did for the initial inspection, I also plan to look at: Please email the Chief Inspector at: [email protected] write to: whether ARs are being concluded within Home Office service standards the consistency of approach between the different AR functions whether AR outcomes are being used to improve initial decision making whether cost savings have been achieved. Please note that submissions may be cited in the final report. I am inviting bodies with relevant knowledge and expertise, including NGOs, academics, think tanks, faith groups and representative bodies, to write to me by 17 June 2019 with their supporting evidence or case studies they are able to share. I would also like to receive evidence from individuals, including those who have first-hand experience of the Administrative Review process. Please note that my remit does not extend to investigating or making decisions about individual cases. This remains a Home Office responsibility. Please note also that in providing information to us you are acknowledging that we will process your information in accordance with the terms of the GDPR. Your information will not be processed after publication of the inspection report unless you otherwise provide consent. the effectiveness of AR in identifying case working errors the effectiveness of AR in correcting case working errors the independence of persons conducting AR (in terms of their separation from the original decision-maker)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo left fuming after getting substituted for Second Time

first_imgMilan: Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo was left frustrated after he was substituted again by coach Maurizio Sarri during Juventus’ 1-0 Serie A win over AC Milan on Sunday.Sarri hauled off Ronaldo after just 55 minutes of their Serie A showdown. The Portugal international was replaced by Paulo Dybala with the Italian champions in search of a goal. Dybala, however, proved Sarri right as he scored the goal in the 77th minute.According to a report in express.co.uk, Ronaldo didn’t take it well and stormed down the tunnel. He threw his hands in the air when his number was called and trudged off the pitch. Another report in Sky Sport Italia stated that the 34-year-old left the stadium three minutes before the match finished.The forward has now been substituted in Juventus’ last two clashes. He had reacted furiously after being substituted in his team’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Moscow last week.The ex-Manchester United ace, who has netted six goals in 13 appearances for Juventus this season, has been taken off this season as many times as he was throughout the entire 2018/19 campaign.Juventus are currently placed at the top of the Serie A table. IANS Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Mom blames ‘mafia’ for denying Son more Ballon d’OrAlso Watch: Bodoland International Paragliding Accuracy Championship beginslast_img read more

IDB provides funds to improve drinking water, sanitation services in Haiti

first_imgThe Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is providing a US$125 million grant for the water, sanitation and hygiene project in urban, peri-urban and rural areas in Haiti’s northernmost region.The Washington-based financial institution said that the project’s main goal is to improve living conditions in Haiti’s “Big North” through a series of steps.It said these include strengthening the sector’s regulations, as well as the technical and commercial management of the so-called technical exploitation centers.In addition, the IDB said the project will improve drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services for urban and rural homes, and promote basic hygienic habits.The program will be implemented by the National Drinking Water and Sanitation Bureau (DIREPA, after its French initials) through the Regional Office of the Northern Water and Sanitation Department (OREPA-North).In particular, it will help strengthen DINEPA structures in northern Haiti.“The program will benefit some 205,000 homes in Gonaïves, Cap-Haitien and other cities in the northernmost region, providing them with safe drinking water, as well as quality sanitation and hygiene services,” the IDB said.It said an additional 45,000 rural households will get drinking water, and basic sanitation and hygiene services.last_img read more

Investigations into allegations against Crime Chief ongoing

first_imgCommissioner of Police Leslie JamesThe investigations into the damning allegations of corruption against Deputy Police Commissioner and Crime Chief Lyndon Alves, who is presently on administrative leave, may not lead to a simple “open and shut case”.Commissioner of Police Leslie James told the media on Thursday that the probe into Alves’ alleged corrupt actions as a senior Police official is “still under investigation”.“On completion, we will make a disclosure…as you know each matter, each case turns on its own peculiar facts, so I cannot speculate (length of probe)”.Earlier this month, the Top Cop had promised that ranks found guilty of misconduct will not be condoned within the Guyana Police Force (GPF).The Commissioner’s statement came when the GPF was celebrating its 180th anniversary and a week after Crime Chief Lyndon Alves was sent on administrative leave to facilitate a probe into corruption allegations levelled against him.James has acknowledged that there is the pervasive issue of corruption among his ranks.Among the allegations against Alves is his alleged use of his influence during his tenure as Commander of B Division to protect rogue cops.Another allegation levelled against the Crime Chief is his reported influence used to prevent his daughter, who was involved in an accident, from being charged. In that incident, the young woman allegedly struck four-year-old Mohan Ramkaran close to his Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) home.However, after she was arrested, she was later placed on $20,000 station bail and over two years later, she is yet to be charged.Meanwhile, the Top Cop in a statement said, “…the membership of the Guyana Police Force number in excess of seven thousand 7000, most of whom have been professional, law-abiding, conscientious and humble. And for those who chose to run contrary, disciplinary actions have been taken against them”.Quite recently, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had told this publication that the probe into Alves’ alleged misconduct as a serving senior member of the GPF has been completed and that his file was sent for further advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on the way forward.“Well, we are awaiting certain legal advice. Most of the statements have been completed already. So we are waiting on the legal advice,” the Minister said.Less than three weeks ago, Alves was sent on administrative leave to facilitate an investigation into allegations of corruption levelled against him.Shortly after, Minister Ramjattan had told the media that President David Granger appointed Alves, so the President would determine his fate after investigations are completed.Given that the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is conducting the investigation, meaning the Police is investigating itself, which in itself has raised a number of questions, Ramjattan had also said that it is important for such cases to be investigated by the OPR to build confidence. He added that hundreds of cases have been investigated by the OPR before which have all been respected as they were even subject to further analysis.Prior to his suspension of duties at the GPF, ranks in Berbice blew the whistle on alleged corruption by the Crime Chief and claimed that he was shielding a few junior rogue ranks who have been linked to criminals.Crime Chief Lyndon AlvesPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattanlast_img read more