On May 6, 11:35 pm, Andrew Turvey <andrewrtur...@googlemail.com>
> 2. HMRC response
> a. Media
> The rejection of our charity application was picked up by the Register who
> used the occasion to write an article criticising Wikipedia. We issued a
> statement in response to Wikinews. A news story was drafted for Wikinews but
> was rejected as being “not notable”. Although there had been some negative
> comment on the WikimediaUK-L list, the general feeling was that the
> reputation of the Board among Wikimedia UK supporters had not been
> significantly affected. It was agreed that it would be better in the future
> if news like this was shared with the Board first, so that a common position
> could be agreed, and then promptly shared with supporters.
> b. Legal
> TH had obtained a rough estimate on how much it would cost to get legal
> advice. This ranged from £600 to £4,000 – going directly to a barrister would
> cost around £2,000 plus VAT (£2,300). It was discussed whether we should
> obtain advice before or after responding to HMRC. It was agreed that we would
> send the response on 18 th May and do what we can in the meantime to obtain
> advice – including approaching the Foundation for funding and applying to
> c. Response to HMRC
> AT has discussed the matter with the officer at HMRC who had decided the
> case. The officer explained that this decision does not fall within the
> formal appeals process as there was not direct tax implication to the
> decision. If we submitted a reclaim form and it was rejected we would then be
> able to make a formal appeal. HMRC also has powers to refer complex charity
> cases to the Commission and the officer agreed that if we replied to him he
> could refer the case to them.
> TH has obtained a letter which a barrister friend has drafted setting out the
> legal arguments for why we think we are a charity. It was agreed to use this
> letter as a basis for a response, incorporating in addition details
> clarifying what the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia UK do, and the
> experience of icommons in getting charity recognition.
> TH agreed to post the letter on the wiki and Board members will propose their
> amendments on that page fro discussion between now and 18 th .
> ACTION: TH; All
would it be possible to slightly adjust your "bylaws" and add
education as most other wikimedia chapters do?
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