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Community Amateur Sports Clubs

KG Accountants consider the rules of Community Amateur Sports Clubs and their implications. If your club is in the England, at KG Accountants, can advise you on the CASC rules.

Since April 2002, many local amateur sports clubs have been able to register with HMRC as Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) and benefit from a range of tax reliefs including Gift Aid. In 2014, the tax benefits will be increased to encourage more clubs to register and some of the registration requirements will be amended in order to clarify the conditions that clubs will have to satisfy.

What kind of club can register?

Broadly a club seeking to register must:

  • be open to the whole community
  • be organised on an amateur basis
  • have as its main purpose providing facilities for, and promoting participation in, one or more eligible sports.

Open to the whole community

A club is open to the whole community if:

  • membership of the club is open without discrimination
  • the club’s facilities are open to members without discrimination, and
  • any fees are set at a level that does not pose a significant obstacle to membership or use of the club’s facilities.

Discrimination

Discrimination includes:

  • discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs
  • discrimination on grounds of sex, age or disability, except as a necessary consequence of the requirements of a particular sport.

Costs associated with membership and participation

It is anticipated that new regulations will specify:

  • clubs where membership and participation costs total £520 or less a year will be considered to be open to the whole community
  • clubs where membership costs (excluding participation costs) are above £1,612 a year will not be eligible
  • clubs where membership and participation costs total more than £520 a year must make special provisions for members on a low or modest income to participate for £520 or less.

Organised on an amateur basis

A club is organised on an amateur basis if:

  • it is non-profit making
  • it provides for members and their guests only the ‘ordinary benefits’ of an amateur sports club
  • it does not exceed the limit on paid players
  • its governing document requires any net assets on the dissolution of the club to be applied for approved sporting or charitable purposes.

Non-profit making

A club is non-profit making if its governing document requires any surplus income or gains to be reinvested in the club. Surpluses or assets cannot be distributed to members or third parties. This does not prevent donations to other clubs that are registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs.

Ordinary benefits’ of an amateur sports club

Some of the rules as to what constitutes an ‘ordinary benefit’ will be amended in 2014.

The ordinary benefits of an amateur sports club include:

  • provision of sporting facilities
  • reasonable provision and maintenance of club-owned sports equipment
  • provision of suitably qualified coaches
  • provision, or reimbursement of the costs, of coaching courses
  • reimbursement of certain travel expenses incurred by players and officials travelling to away matches
  • sale or supply of food or drink as a social adjunct to the sporting purposes of the club.

Payments to members

A club is allowed to:

  • enter into agreements with members for the supply to the club of goods or services or
  • employ and pay remuneration to staff who are club members.

So a CASC could pay members for services such as coaching or grounds maintenance but would not, for example, normally pay members to play. However under new regulations clubs will be allowed to pay a maximum of £10,000 a year in total to players to play for the club

Eligible sports

Eligible sports are defined in the legislation by reference to the Sports Council’s list of recognised activities. The list is set out in an appendix to this factsheet.

Forthcoming change – a new income condition

All CASCs must meet a new income condition which aims to ensure that CASCs are mainly sports clubs rather than mainly commercial clubs with sports activities. The income condition will apply to the turnover received from broadly commercial transactions with non-members, where the club is offering a commercial service or supply, for example sales of food and drink. The maximum amount of turnover that a club may receive under the income condition will be £100,000 a year, excluding VAT.

Clubs will be able to generate unlimited income from transactions with their members. Investment income and donations received will also be excluded from the income condition.

Tax reliefs for registered CASCs

CASCs can reclaim basic rate tax on Gift Aid donations made to them by individuals but CASC subscriptions are not eligible as Gift Aid payments. CASCs are treated as companies for tax purposes. Therefore their profits may be chargeable to corporation tax.

CASCs can claim the following tax reliefs:

  • exemption from Corporation Tax on profits from trading where the turnover of the trade is less than £30,000 (this will be increased to £50,000)
  • exemption from Corporation Tax under Schedule A on income from property where the gross income is less than £20,000 (this will be increased to £30,000)
  • exemption from Corporation Tax on interest received
  • exemption from Corporation Tax on chargeable gains.

It should be noted that if trading turnover exceeds £30,000 (£50,000), all the trading profit is assessable to corporation tax.

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