Coronavirus: Charities given extension on annual return deadlines

Charities are able to get extensions on their annual return deadlines during the coronavirus pandemic, the Charity Commission has announced.

The Charity Commission said any charity that is due to submit an annual return imminently, but feels unable to do so, can call the regulator to request a filing extension.

“We want to assure charities that our approach to regulation during this period will be as flexible and supportive as possible,” the regulator said.

“Charities’ primary interest, and ours, must be looking after the public and the communities we serve. Charities can feel confident that we will, where possible, act in a pragmatic way by taking account of the wider public interest during this unprecedented period.”

It added that where charities face ‘real and urgent’ legal issues, they should take advice accordingly.

“We have been discussing the impact of the current situation with government and the sector and will continue to do so over the coming days. Any further measures we can take to help will be communicated in due course,” the regulator added.

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