All charitable organisations must complete an expression of intent for charity registration.
This includes those recognised as charities by HMRC who do not appear on their 'deemed list'. This allows the Commission to put them on its 'combined list'.
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The Commission will contact organisations from the ‘combined list’ to register them. If your charity is already on the combined list then you do not need to complete the expression of intent form.
It is not known how long this process will take. However, it could take several years before the Commission contacts an organisation. It may take a further 3 months for the Commission to assess an application, once submitted.
If you are in urgent need of charitable status then let the Commission know. You can show this in the special circumstances box on the expression of intent form.
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Charity Commission guidance gives detailed information about the online registration process. It also advises on preparing for registration.
It has also devised an online tutorial on how to complete the online application.
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When registered as a charity with the Commission, you can then apply for charitable tax exemptions with HMRC.
To submit an application you will need to have produced a governing document written in charitable form.
This should include:
- trust deed
- memorandum and articles of association