Consultation outcome

Statistical consultation: reduction of the publication of Charity Tax Relief statistics to once a year

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Charity Tax Relief Statistics User Consultation - Summary of Responses

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Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) currently publish Charity Tax Relief Statistics covering the majority of tax repayments to charities in the UK. HMRC publishes these statistics three times a year. The main publication is normally published in June each year.

For publications in December and April, we use provisional data to provide in-year projections for the current tax year. These projections are eventually revised in the main June publication once the tax year has finished. A user consultation was established to identify whether the December and April publications are a justifiable use of resources since they take a very considerable amount of time to produce. The consultation also sought to identify the needs of our users and to gain feedback on our publication of these charity tax relief statistics. The consultation ran from 6th February 2015 until 10th April 2015. There were 24 responses to the consultation and this report summarises the results.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on the proposed change to reduce the number of times we publish charity tax relief statistics to once a year. We are also seeking views on users' experiences of these statistics more generally.

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Consultation description

HM Revenue and Customs currently publishes statistics covering the majority of tax relief repayments to charities in the UK 3 times a year, in June, December and April. The main publication is in June each year - this is where all of the figures for the most recent tax year are published. In December and April, we use provisional data to provide in-year projections for the current tax year. The proposed changes would withdraw these December and April publications, reducing the number of times these statistics are published from three times a year to once a year. This would bring publication in line with that of other national statistics.

Published 6 February 2015
Last updated 28 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Summary of responses published.
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