HMRC have stated, in a reply to Bates Wells & Braithwaite, that they are better than the Charity Commission when it comes to determining which charities are fraudulent:
"HMRC has already identified fraud by individuals and charities registered by the commission and OSCR, which suggests that the charity regulators' checks are clearly not sufficient for effective tax administration."
A Charity Commission spokesman is quoted in ThirdSector:
"The commission and HMRC have different regulatory roles and perspectives, but we work closely to prevent the fraudulent abuse of charities."
Is it really an effective use of time and money for two bodies to be looking at the same thing?
Tax does have to be taxing.
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