There are 6,824 clubs registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs who have benefitted from at least £194.9 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 SEPTEMBER 2016 ** for clubs registered as a CASC before 1st April 2015. As of 1st April 2015 the CASC rules changed and these CASCs were given until 1st April 2016 to check they met the new rules. In order to remain a CASC, clubs have to comply with these new rules on an on-going basis. HMRC wrote to all these CASCs in 2015 regarding the rule changes and what was required of them. If your club has not yet done what was required of them it may not be too late. Please see our short general guide on the new rules and the news for further information and the 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.