UK law requires you to keep your charity details up to date with several government organisations. So, reporting changes to your charity's details is an important part of running one.
Information in this guide lists what changes you need to report (e.g. charity name, address, contact details). Find out how to report a change to HM Revenue and Customs and the Charity Commission.
A list of typical changes that you would need to report, include:
There are several organisations that you must report changes to charity details to. They would include:
You would only need to inform HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) if you are running a community amateur sports club (CASC).
When you set up a charity in United Kingdom you need to follow the special rules for naming it and changing its name.
Read guidance notes on how to change your charity's governing document, whether you can, and when doing so would need to involve the Charity Commission.
Note: You would need to update the document before changing a name if the governing document contains the charity name as a clause.
The method of reporting a change of circumstance depends on who you need to inform. But, you will be able to:
You would need to wait a minimum of thirty (30) days after telling HMRC about a change to your charity's details before making any claims (e.g. claiming Gift Aid).
Note: The Charity Commission must agree to the change before you notify HM Revenue and Customs if you are changing the charity name or its governing document.
If your organisation is an NHS charity, or it has a Royal Charter, you can inform HMRC about any changes in the usual way (e.g. using form ChV1).
There is a set process for reporting changes to a charitable company's name. So, you would need to follow these three steps in the correct order:
Reporting a Change to Your Charity's Details in United Kingdom