Fund-raising: Fund-raising events and a charity’s trading subsidiary
When can a charity’s trading subsidiary hold exempt fund-raising events?
In order to be eligible to hold VAT exempt fund-raising events, a charity’s trading subsidiary must:
- be wholly owned by the charity
- transfer all profits, from whatever source, to the charity.
By retaining profits, the trading subsidiary could find itself ineligible to hold exempt fund-raising events.
However, we will accept that for the purposes of this exemption, the transfer of profits condition is met when:
- the arrangements are compatible with charity law
- profits are paid to the charity
- the only profit retained annually by the subsidiary is not subject to corporation tax
- the profit is retained for development which has the clear aim of increasing funds going to the charity
- the subsidiary is not involved in any abuse or avoidance.
This approach may be reviewed if the amount of profits eligible for corporation tax relief changes or abuse occurs.