Not for Profit organisations

haysmacintyre is thoroughly immersed in the not for profit sector. We understand the very specific demands of the diverse areas in which charities and social enterprises operate, and to provide the best service, we have specialist teams dedicated to each core area.

For you, that means the best of both worlds: detailed, relevant knowledge from our dedicated experts, combined with the full resources of a leading mid-tier firm to cover every situation you’ll encounter.

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We work with more of the top 5,000 charities than any other UK accountancy firm. Yet it’s not just about how many we serve, but how well we serve you.

Professional Institutes & Membership Bodies

We’re the leading provider of audit, accountancy and tax services for professional trust membership bodies, with a team of specialists who understand what really matters to you.

Schools & Education
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As one of the largest accountancy teams in the UK focused on schools, we are here to provide effective and reassuring support.

Why haysmacintyre?

More than 800 UK and international charities and social enterprises choose haysmacintyre for our variety and depth of support. We are well-known for our audit and advisory expertise; it’s a major part of what we are asked to do and often provided as a standalone service. However, we also provide the additional services that many charities are looking for, with pertinent, timely and practical support covering a broad range of topics.

Think of us as the versatile specialists: people who know your specific challenges, often directly through their own volunteer work as trustees, yet who are equally at home supporting you on the ‘bigger picture’ taxation and advisory aspects.

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Having a comprehensive knowledge of your financial position is vital not only for compliance but also to help ensure your organisation’s survival and future success. We use tools such as data analytics in areas where it can provide the requisite information quickly and accurately. This is complemented by the invaluable personal knowledge of our specialists, who’ll draw on their comprehensive experience of your sector to bring you up to date insights and pragmatic advice.

They’ll also help you connect to other trusted professionals in relevant fields, such as financial planning. We’ll introduce you to people who we work with regularly and know we can trust to give you dependable advice.

Where your organisation has an international reach, we can offer you our own in-house specialists in international services plus the MSI global alliance, a useful resource of experts worldwide. As co-founders of MSI, we know we can confidently recommend it.

Charity and Not for Profit eNews

The latest edition of our Charity and Not for Profit eNews is now available to download by clicking on the button below and visiting our publications page.

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Not for Profit VAT and Tax update: Q2

haysmacintyre's quarterly tax newsletters for charities and not for profit organisations

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Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page on the range of financial, tax and accounting measures being introduced with our related thoughts/insights on helping businesses during this time.

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Charity and Not for Profit Briefing: COVID-19

Whilst we have spoken to many clients and provided updates through our COVID-19 webpage, we felt that it would be useful to bring all of this information together in one document.

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Servicing our Not for Profit clients

Audit & Assurance
Tax Compliance and Advisory
Tax & VAT
Governance & Risk
Due Diligence

We listen because we want to hear how we can help. By meticulously understanding your goals and challenges, we can offer you better insights and information. An audit from haysmacintyre is about more than numbers and simply meeting statutory requirements. It can help you solve problems, identify risk and reduce it, and improve your performance. It adds real value.

Every client is unique, so we don’t rely on standardised checklists. By using data analytics, we can focus on what matters most, making the process as relevant, useful and cost-effective as possible.

We’re dedicated to ensuring our clients are compliant, reassured and satisfied; consequently they’re happy to recommend us. In fact, much of our business comes from referrals.

Our range of audit and assurance services offer you technical excellence, transparency and a robust, painstaking approach:

  • Statutory audits
  • Voluntary audits
  • Assurance reviews
  • USAID audits (conditional approval)
  • Employer covenant reviews

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Internal audit

Reputational risk is a threat to all charity and not for profit organisations. Our delivery of your internal audit function will be based around the overarching mission of protecting the integrity of your organisation and its status.

Our internal audit approach is all about adding real value, not just ticking boxes. We’ll build on your strengths, identify areas for improvement and provide practical solutions. We have extensive experience in reviewing governance structures and benchmarking against comparable organisations and can share the best practice ideas with you.

We can complete a range of reviews including, but not limited to:

  • Remote working and IT security
  • Supplier payments including international payments
  • Compliance
  • Financial resilience
  • Financial governance
  • IR35

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UK tax laws are numerous, complicated and constantly changing, which makes managing your tax affairs difficult and demanding. Nobody wants to pay more tax than they need to, but with the increasing focus on compliance, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) expects you to get your tax right.

We can work with you to make sure you are fully compliant and help minimise your tax costs. We have extensive experience of dealing with HMRC on matters ranging from routine compliance to full investigations.

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Corporate tax

Our specialist not for profit tax team advise are on hand to support you:

  • Accurate preparation of the tax computations and returns in iXBRL format
  • Timely preparation of tax journals, deferred tax calculations and accounting disclosure tax notes for the individual and consolidated
  • Review of the organisation’s tax position and advising on any group relief surrenders or loss carry back claims that can be made to minimise the Corporation Tax payable by the group

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Employment Tax

Our team of specialists can help guide you through complex employment tax legislation with clear and practical advice. We’ll advise you on aspects such as:

  • PAYE & National Insurance advice
  • Dealing with HM Revenue & Customs compliance reviews
  • Employment tax health-checks
  • Designing and advising on expense policies
  • Salary sacrifice and optional remuneration arrangements
  • Termination payments
  • Off-payroll working arrangements
  • Construction industry scheme

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VAT compliance and advisory

Value Added Tax is notoriously complicated, but you can depend on us to make it clear, help you keep your VAT affairs on track and ensure you only pay what you owe. We can prepare and file your VAT returns, attend VAT inspections, deal with any HMRC enquiries and advise on complex transactions.

Whether your VAT affairs are straightforward or highly complex, whether you require one off specialist advice or ongoing services, we’ll work with you to achieve your aims and make sure our solutions are practical, technically accurate and as easy to understand as possible.

We deal with all areas of VAT including:

  • Compliance
  • Partial exemption methods and planning
  • HMRC enquiries and disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Mitigating penalties
  • Property transactions and fundraising
  • Capital projects
  • Managing VAT cashflow
  • Cross border transactions
  • VAT reviews
  • We can also help with Making Tax Digital (MTD). Visit our dedicated MTD website page by clicking here.

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Governance, risk and control are increasingly important concerns for all types of boards. We can help you improve the leadership and control in your organisation so you can manage opportunities and avoid risk efficiently and effectively.

We look beyond the purely financial risks to assess how well your governance and control processes are working, and give you an independent view of your performance.

Our internal audit approach is all about adding real value, not just ticking boxes. We’ll build on your strengths, identify areas for improvement and provide practical solutions. We have extensive experience in reviewing governance structures and benchmarking against comparable organisations and can share the best practice ideas with you.

Also, as trustees, school governors and non-executive directors ourselves we have first-hand experience of the challenges of implementing good governance and we’ll give you the training and support you need to ensure the measures are successful.

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We can give you independent and constructive advice and support through a wide range of services including:

  • Financial benchmarking
  • Risk register/maps
  • Risk workshops and training
  • Financial governance reviews, IT security, IT mapping
  • Trustee training
  • Financial management and information systems
  • Business process improvements
  • Fraud control reviews
  • Internal audit
  • Disaster recovery planning
  • Trustee recruitment
  • Governance reviews
  • Governance benchmarking
  • Facilitation of boards
  • Internal audit testing for academies

Mergers between charities are generally considered to strengthen shareholder value, enhance the organisation’s position in the market and accelerate its growth. However, such moves do need to be carefully positioned and managed to ensure success.

That’s why it’s essential to make an informed decision at the outset. The three key aspects to focus on when making an investment decision are:

  • Ensuring you have a clear understanding of the other organisation
  • Identifying and understanding the risks, potential issues and business drivers
  • Ensuring your analysis allows you to draw detailed conclusions and decide whether to proceed

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If you are the transferring entity then your anticipated transaction may be two to three years into the future, but it’s imperative you allow sufficient time to maximise the value of your sale.

We like to engage with you as early as possible. We ensure we fully understand your organisation, its transactions and the risks it faces, so at the point of sale you are in the very best shape.

The value we receive from haysmacintyre as our auditor is outstanding. As a specialist NGO, we consult with them throughout the year. This includes on subjects such as how to budget for funding applications, presentation of accounts, management information and allocation of funds. They advise, challenge and combine the right balance of technical expertise and sector knowledge. We were looking for deep insights and practical advice how we could actually implement to benefit our international charity. Often those two inputs aren’t combined within the same adviser, but they are with haysmacintyre.

Anthony Borden, CEO

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

Richard Weaver

Partner, Head of Charities and Not for Profit
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Quarterly Charities Update

15th December 2021

Grant-making charities update webinar

26th January 2022

Trustee Training: Charity Law Update

22nd February 2022


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