There are 6,707 clubs registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs who have benefitted from at least £187.1 million in savings since the scheme began! The benefits of registration include mandatory business rate relief, Gift Aid on donations and certain corporation tax benefits. If you would like to keep up to date with CASC scheme developments please contact us and request our newsletter.
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** IMPORTANT NEWS NOVEMBER 2015 ** for clubs registered as a CASC before 1st April 2015. As of 1st April 2015 the CASC rules changed and existing CASCs will have until 1st April 2016 to check they meet these new rules. HMRC has written to around half of all existing CASCs but even if you have not been written to you will still have to check you meet the new rules. Please see our short general guide to point your existing CASC in the right direction in assessing whether it meets the new rules. Please also see the news for latest developments.
The Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) scheme was introduced in 2002 as an option for sports clubs to register with HMRC to receive 'charity type' tax reliefs provided the club meets certain qualifying conditions. The scheme generally requires less regulation than if a sports club registers as a charity.
CASC registration may not be suitable for all clubs and care should be taken when deciding whether or not to register. There is also the option of registering as a charity. Please see the CASC versus charity comparison. Clubs should also consider the legal status of their club.