As probably the most commonly thought of ‘VCSE’ we support hundreds of charities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Not all charities have to be ‘registered’ charities, if their income is less than £5,000 per year; hence the term unregistered charity.
For most larger charities, they should register with the official government backed regulator – The Charity Commission for England and Wales once their income goes above £5,000. This offers a range of benefits, not least of which is an exemption from paying corporation tax.
The main factors for an organisation to consider if they might want to be a ‘charity’ are whether the work they do is likely to be deemed ‘charitable’ and the way they want their organisation to be governed and managed; as charity status places limits on both of these.
Many larger charities are also ‘incorporated’ as a company, usually (though not always) a ‘company limited by guarantee’ as this offers legal protection known as limited liability for the directors/trustees.
For further information see Governance and Trustees.