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This guidance note looks at the meaning of the term ‘relevant charitable purpose’.
Detailed discussion of the legislation and case law on an RCP is found in De Voil Indirect Tax Service V4.232BC.
Use for an RCP means use by a charity either (or both):
for non-business purposes
as a village hall or similarly in providing social or recreational facilities for a local community
VATA 1994, Sch 8, Group 5, Note 6
The meaning of ‘charity’ in a VAT context is described in the Charities ― overview guidance note.
There is a long history of case law on whether activities are ‘business’ activities for VAT purposes. It is worth highlighting that just because activities do not make a profit they are not necessarily ‘non-business activities’. Therefore, charities can (and frequently do) have many business activities. Business and non-business for charities is explore
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