HMRC has £2 million to allocate to the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to provide advice and support to HMRC customers who need extra help in understanding and complying with their obligations and claiming their entitlements. Registered charities, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, mutual and co-operatives based in the UK can apply to one of two categories of funding.
Category One – offers grants of up to £350,000. This is open to VCSE organisations to complement HMRC’s new service, launched in May 2014, for customers who need extra help. This is specifically to target HMRC’s hardest to reach customers or those whose relationship with HMRC has broken down, who need independent advice and support or can/will not interact with HMRC for whatever reason. VCSE organisations must be able to help these customers to form or rebuild a relationship with HMRC that enables them to engage directly with HMRC in the future.
Category Two – offers grants of up to £200,000. This is open to VCSE organisations with the expertise and infrastructure to take referrals by telephone or email from HMRC extra help service to assist customers who need independent advice and support with more complex tax issues, such as complex PAYE issues, completion of Self-Assessment tax returns – often from incomplete records, claims for Special Relief and appeals. Applicants would be responsible for bringing individual cases to conclusion.
Application forms (Category One or Two) are available upon request by sending an firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for applications is 31 October 2014.