Taxman in £9m Tsunami tax grab

British charities involved in collecting donations for victims of the Asian tsunami have been unable to get tax relief on telephone donations, The Times reports.

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Under Revenue & Customs rules, relief cannot be claimed on telephone donations. Denial of the relief is thought to have cost charities £9m; money that could have gone to help victims of the tsunami.

Gordon Brown has, the report says, now stepped in: ‘At the outset of the tsunami appeal, we agreed with the revenue departments to do everything possible to maximise the tax relief available, and to make that process as easy for the charities and their donors as possible.

‘As soon as this specific issue came to light, the chancellor agreed immediately with David Varney that the Revenue would take action to resolve it,’ a spokesman for the chancellor said.

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