Charity giant voices VAT fears

Mark Walport, a director of the
Wellcome Trust , the
UK’s largest charity, says that £400m worth of donations are being lost because
of VAT.

Responding to reports that the
Development Authority
may have to stump up an extra £1bn because of
taxes, Walport said in a letter to the FT that the Wellcome Trust, the medical
research charity, found itself employing a team of tax advisers to predict VAT
costs it may incur.

Walport said that VAT refund schemes should be applied to all charities
supporting public-sector projects.

refund scheme already applies to local authorities…this does not extend to
the work of charities supporting major public-sector projects. Were it to be
extended to all charities, it would prevent more than £400m in annual charitable
expenditure being diverted from the purpose for which it was intended,’ Walport

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