Charities SORP: Most Recent Changes

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Following the introduction of FRS 102 (Financial Reporting Standards), the not so new (now) all-encompassing Accounting Standards in 2016 and further changes made to it in December 2017, the Commission has deemed its necessary to amend the Charities SORP. Surprise, surprise! The commission started a six-week consultation process and are focusing on about 20 amendments to SORP.

The key changes and the interesting few are:

  • Letting out investment property to another entity in the group, a separate accounting policy for this is up for discussion.
  • Introduction of a requirement for a net debt reconciliation. Cannot think why they would want to include this but who are we to question?!
  • Payments by subsidiaries to their parent charity which qualifies for Gift Aid; the accounting treatment of these payments is up for consultation.

There are a number of other changes which have been proposed but the above are what we consider to be the key areas. We do not think that this will have a significant impact on majority of the large charities. If you are Scottish-based charity, you will be part of this consultation as well.

The consultation closes on 4 April 2018 and the changes will come into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019.
For more advice on how the Charities SORP changes could affect your organisation, contact our partner Suda Ratnam on 020 8551 7200 or suda.ratnam@raffingers.co.uk.

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