Basic Guide to Charity Reports and Accounts

This information sheet is a basic guide to the Annual Reports & Accounts which registered charities are required by law to submit to the Charity Commission within ten months of the end of the financial year.

The aim of the annual report and the accounts is to provide a clear picture of your charity.s activities and financial position. Although at first sight these requirements may seem rather onerous to a small charity, they do require you to define your aims and activities clearly and to manage your finances well, both of which help to ensure that your organisation is more effective.

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