Submit your charity registration questions now for live Twitter Q&A

With less than week to go until the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland hosts its first ever live Twitter Q&A, it’s time to get your charity registration questions in.

The Commission, Northern Ireland’s charity regulator, will be answering your questions on charity registration live on Twitter via account @CharityCommNI from noon to 1.30pm on Tuesday 9 September 2014.

And you can submit a question to the Commission now via @CharityCommNI or by emailing admin@charitycommissionni.org.uk – then follow the live chat online on 9 September via @CharityCommNI or the hashtag #NIcharities

Commission Chief Executive, Frances McCandless, commented: “Our live Twitter Q&A is another example of how we are working to support charities in understanding the registration process and their requirements under charity law.

“We hope to provide as many answers as we can on the day, with Twitter providing a public means of responding to common queries and supporting charities in completing their registration applications.”

Charity registration began in Northern Ireland for the first time in December 2013, marking the beginning of a process which will see the thousands of charitable organisations across Northern Ireland registered as charities.

It is compulsory to apply to register with the Commission if your organisation is, or could be, charitable, and the Commission is urging all charitable organisations to take action now to prepare for registration.

Frances continued:  “In order to manage the registration process fairly and efficiently, we are calling charities forward in tranches to apply to register. 

However, even if they haven’t been called forward, charities should check our website now to see if they are listed on one of our registration lists and, if not, they should follow the ‘first steps’ outlined on our website.

For example, if your organisation is not on one of our lists, this is likely to mean completing an online Expression of intent form to provide us with the charity’s details. This should be submitted before 16 December 2014.”

For more information on charity registration, to access the range of registration guidance and support, or to check the Commission’s registration lists to see if your organisation is listed, visit the Introduction to charity registration section of the website. 

ENDS

For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0169, mobile: 07827338978 or email: shirley.kernan@charitycommissionni.org.uk  

Notes to editors

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is the independent regulator of charities in Northern Ireland. It was established under the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.

It is compulsory for all charities operating in Northern Ireland to apply for charity registration, regardless of size, annual income or whether or not the organisations has  registered with HMRC for charitable tax exemptions.

In order to be invited forward to apply for registration, your details must be on one of the three lists (deemed, non deemed and special circumstances) which the Commission is using to manage registration in a fair and efficient way.

The Commission is encouraging all organisations that are, or could be, charitable to check the online registrations lists and follow the outlined steps as appropriate to their situation before the deadline of 16 December 2014.

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