CIOT and ATT members have been supporting the following independent tax charities for more than 10 years.
Set out below is a brief outline of the charities and their activities, but you can find out more about them by searching the register on the Charity Commission website and the charities’ own websites.
TABF is managed by the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and is mainly concerned with providing bursaries to registered students who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance towards their training to become a Chartered Tax Adviser or Taxation Technician as well as providing advice and financial assistance to members and their dependants in need following for example a death, illness, or incapacity. Financial assistance is given either by one-off grants or interest fee loan grants.
Tax Volunteers (TV) – Tax Help for Older People – RCN 1102276 - Pineapple Business Park, Salway Ash, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5DB Tel:0845 601 3321 Email: taxvol [at] taxvol.org.uk Website: www.taxvol.org.uk
Managed from its operating Centre in Dorset, TV has established a nationwide network of volunteer tax professionals who provide free telephone and face-to-face tax advice to older people on low incomes who would not otherwise be able to afford to pay for such advice. In addition, TV provides education, training and technical support to other voluntary sector agencies and offers constructive consultation with HMRC.
TaxAid provides a professional, free, "crisis advice service" to low-income taxpayers across the range of employment and self-employment tax problems that cannot be resolved by HMRC. Help with resolving tax and tax debt problems is available on the phone and via email, with face-to-face advice services in major cities provided pro-bono by tax professionals. In addition TaxAid trains front-line money and debt advisers in the voluntary sector and supports them via a dedicated helpline and meets with HMRC at consultations about tax issues which affect low income earners.
If you are able to make a donation to one or more of these charities, or you would like to volunteer you will find details on their respective websites. Making a gift aid donation can increase the value of a donation by a quarter at no extra cost to the donor. Charities Aid Foundation cheques would be equally welcome.
Tax Volunteers and TaxAid have launched a campaign to raise £250,000 each year for the next 5 years with the objective of helping thousands of people who can’t afford to pay for tax advice to:
- Have their tax affairs brought up to date;
- Pay only the right amount of tax; and
- How to manage their tax affairs in the future.
Details about supporting this joint initiative can be found on the campaign website www.bridge-the-gap.co.uk, by sending an email to bridgethegap [at] taxvol.org.uk or writing to Bridge the Gap, Room 304, Linton House, 164-180 Union Street London SE1 0LH.