Regulator extends delayed accounts deadline

The Charity Commission has given a new deadline to charities that had been given an extension to file their annual returns with the regulator due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move has come as the government eases pandemic restrictions and reduces support.

Charities that had been granted an extension until the end of June are being contacted by the regulator to be told they “will need to meet their filing commitments” by 30 September.

The regulator adds that charities with an imminent filing date that they are unable to meet “for a Covid-19 related reason” can still apply for a new filing extension by the end of September. It says that it “will allow a fixed 3-month extension from the date of your application".

The regulator adds: “Wherever possible, we would ask you to file your annual return, report and accounts on time. However, where the situation impacts on your ability to do this, we have given a filing extension to any otherwise compliant charity that has applied to us for one.

“As restrictions are gradually eased, we have reviewed our approach to filing extensions and we will be contacting all charities with a filing extension that was in place by 30 June 2021. These charities will need to meet their filing commitments by 30 September 2021.”

The move has been revealed in latest updates to the regulator’s guidance around Covid-19.

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