It was only last month that HMRC released the VAT MOSS service online for suppliers of digital services to fulfil their tax obligations. HMRC is continuing its digital revolution with the release of a new online service for charities.
The online service will allow charities to register themselves, replacing the current ChA1 paper form. Although charities have been able to reclaim tax online since 2013, they would have had to go through the long process of submitting a paper form to register.
Charities can now register solely online by providing various details about themselves, along with supporting documentation. Registration using the paper ChA1 form will no longer be available although forms that have already been submitted but have yet to be processed will be considered by HMRC.
It would seem that HMRC are taking that step forward by moving away from paper one step at a time. The move toward digital should, in theory, improve customer service and efficiency when dealing with matters that may have historically taken a long time.
If you are a registered charity and would like advice on how these changes might affect you, please contact Helen Binns (Charity Specialist) on 01254 679131 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.