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If your charity last did an annual return before 12 November 2018

The Charity Commission changed its systems on 12 November 2018. If you have not submitted an annual return online since then, you’ll need to do things differently.

Before you can start your annual return you must confirm all your charity’s details are correct, including all trustees’ contact details.

You cannot start your annual return until you’ve confirmed your charity’s details. It might take you a while to collect any missing information, for example all trustees’ email addresses and phone numbers.

What your charity needs to do

We recommend you:

  1. Check you can log in to your charity’s account.
  2. Collect information and use the service to confirm your charity’s details.
  3. Start your annual return.

1. Check you can log into your charity’s account

You’ll need your charity’s:

  • registration number
  • password

If you cannot log in and do not have access to your charity contact’s email address, it can take up to 2 working days to get a new password.

Log in to your account or find out how to get a new password.

2. Collect information and use the service to confirm your charity’s details

Log in and select ‘Update Charity Details’ from your list of available services. You’ll need to check and confirm all your charity’s contact and administrative details we have on record are correct.

If any of this information is missing on your charity’s record, you’ll need to fill it in. Leave enough time to be able to check details with all your trustees and people who manage your charity’s finances.

Find out how to use the new ‘Update Charity Details’ service for the first time

3. Start your annual return

After you have submitted your confirmation of your charity’s details you can start your annual return:

  1. Check what your charity needs to submit.
  2. Gather information.
  3. Log in and select ‘Annual Return’ from your list of available services.

If your charity’s income is over £10,000, or it is a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), you’ll also need to check if any of the new questions on the annual return apply to your charity.

Channel website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/if-your-charity-last-did-an-annual-return-before-12-november-2018

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