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As an excepted charity your church has certain exemptions and responsibilities with regard to accounting. Here you will find lots of support and guidance.
PCCs are excepted charities and are not required to register separately with the Charity Commission unless their income or expenditure exceeds £100,000 in any one year. For advice on registration or if you think that it may apply to your parish contact the Finance Office (details above).
To maintain their excepted status, parishes are required to supply an annual set of accounts to the Diocesan Office – please send them for the attention of the Diocesan Secretary.
Accounts are also required from those parishes that are registered with the Charity Commission (i.e. expenditure exceeds £100,000 in any one year).
Please note that the Finance Return should include all PCC funds, not just the General Fund. The Finance reporting entries have remained mostly consistent. The standard guidance for financial reporting for PCCs (published in PCC Accountability: the Church of England’s guide to the Charities Act 2011 and the PCC) is available from the Church of England website.
Parish treasurers need to send in a copy of the Annual Finance summary together with their Annual accounts to the Finance Officer at Church House as soon after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) as possible. It is hoped that they will all have been received by the end of May.
Parochial Fees Forms
Retired Clergy, Non Stipendiary Minister and Reader Fees
Please submit claims on a quarterly or monthly basis as retrospective claims for the previous financial year cannot be accepted.
Claiming Gift Aid
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