Date: Tue 14 Jan 2014

Community Amateur Sports Clubs Scheme

The Government has published the new rules for the Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme. CASC status enables clubs to access a number of charity type tax advantages without the obligations of setting up as a charity. A core benefit is 80% reduction in business rate relief with local authorities being able to offer a further discretionary 20%. Many of you expressed concern when you saw the changes being proposed last summer. It’s clear that we were not alone in our concerns and, while we haven’t won all the arguments, the Government has amended many of its proposals.

Key changes are:

  • It is now much clearer how a club can show it is ‘open to the community’. Any clubs that charges more than £520 per year in membership costs will have to offer special provisions such as discounts to those on low incomes.
  • Clubs will be able to pay reasonable travel and subsistence expenses to players and officials and they can also make small payments to their players (up to a total of £10,000 per club).
  • There is no limit on the amount of social income a club can generate from its members, although income from non-members is limited to £100,000
  • CASC registered club will now be able to generate up to £50k on trading income and £30k on rental income without triggering a corporation tax charge
  • The provisions on Gift Aid have been extended to encourage more companies to donate
  • At least 50% of the club’s members must be participating (playing) members, taking part at least 12 times a year.

More information on the changes can be found here

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