Every charity on the Register of Charities must file an Annual Report with the Charities Regulator within 10 months of their financial year end, as required by section 52 of the Charities Act 2009
(“the Act”). Failure to file an Annual Report on time is an offence under the Act for the charity and its charity trustees. Despite this, the number of charities filing their Annual Report on time has declined in recent years with just 64% of registered charities doing so on time in 2021.
The Charities Regulator is currently making contact with charities and charity trustees that have Annual Reports outstanding for a considerable period to warn them of the possible consequences if they remain in breach of the Act. This includes possible enforcement action such as prosecution of the charity and the individual charity trustees and /or removal of the charity from the Register of Charities.
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