Just to let you know, our case was mentioned in a "Charity News
Alerts" new story dealing with HMRC delays.

http://www.charityfinance.co.uk/home/content.php?id=2838&pg=15&cat=58

Regards,

Andrew

On May 22, 6:52 pm, Andrew Turvey <andrewrtur...@googlemail.com>
wrote:
> Not very exciting I'm afraid! I've typed in the response I received below. 
> The abridged version:
>
> * They admit that the HMRC Charities Unit are well behind their response 
> targets
> * The cause is the changes to the income tax rates plus an increase in 
> applications
> * They have trained more staff and changed their computer system to cope with 
> the backlog and improved their advice to applicants
>
> regards,
>
> Andrew Turvey
> Secretary,
> Wikimedia UK
> Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited.
> Wiki UK Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and 
> Wales, Registered No. 6741827.
> The Registered Office is at 23 Cartwright Way, Nottingham, NG9 1RL, United 
> Kingdom.
>
> =====
>
> 18 May
>
> Dear Mr Turvey,
>
> Please find enclosed a response received from the Minister at the Treasury 
> regarding the questions you raised about Gift Aid.
>
> I hope the reply is of assistance but if you have further questions or 
> concerns please do not hesitate to contact Nick's office again.
>
> Yours sincerely,
>
> Parliamentary Assistant to Nick Palmer MP
>
> ====
>
> From: Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
>
> 11 May
>
> Dear Nick,
>
> Thank you for your letter of 25 March to Alistair Darling enclosing 
> correspondence from your constituent, Andrew Turvey, Secretary of Wiki UK 
> Limited of 23 Cartwright Way, Beeston, Nottingham, about Gift Aid. I have 
> been asked to reply
>
> I am sorry that Mr Turvey experienced delays in receiving a response from HM 
> Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to his enquiries.
>
> As you may know, organisations not already registered with the Charity 
> Commission must apply to HMRC for recognition as a charity for tax purposes. 
> In 2008-09, HMRC aimed to respond to 85% of these applications within 15 
> (working) days, 95% within 40 days and the balance within 60. The number of 
> new applications increased by 19% in 2008-09, and this increased workload was 
> a factor in HMRC not meeting its 15 day target. However, HMRC did consider 
> 98% of applications within 40 days and 100% within 60 working days. A 
> response to the application from Wikimedia Ltd (sic), asking for further 
> information to support the application, was issued after 51 days.
>
> HMRC is working on improvements to make the application process easier, to 
> help organisations to get it right first time and so reduce the number of 
> applications needing enquiries. This will, in turn, reduce the waiting time 
> for new applicants.
>
> Mr. Turvey says that it is taking HMRC six weeks to process Gift Aid 
> repayment claims. HMRC aims to repay 97% of complete and correct claims 
> within 15 days and first claims within 25 days. For 2008-09 a little over 50% 
> of claims were repaid within 15 days. This delay has been caused by a greater 
> than usual number of incorrect claims following the change to the basic rate 
> of tax and the introduction of the Transitional Relief. HMRC hopes to resume 
> its normal target now that additional staff have been trained and changes to 
> the repayments computer application have been made.
>
> I understand that HMRC has recently written to Mr Turvey about his 
> application.
>
> Please pass on my thanks to Mr Turvey for taking the trouble to raise his 
> concerns about this with us.
>
> Yours ever,
>
> Steven
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Bimmler" <mbimm...@gmail.com>
> To: "Andrew Turvey" <ratur...@yahoo.co.uk>, wikimediau...@lists.wikimedia.org
> Sent: Friday, 22 May, 2009 17:23:30 GMT +00:00 GMT Britain, Ireland, Portugal
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Minutes of the last meeting
>
> On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 1:21 AM, Andrew Turvey <ratur...@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>
> > AT reported two items of correspondence:
>
> > # A letter from our MP, with a response from the minister responsible
> > regarding the HMRC delays.
>
> Any chance that this letter or at least a summary will be made public,
> at least amongst members?
>
> Thanks,
> M.
>
> --
> Michael Bimmler
> mbimm...@gmail.com
>
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