Our Charities Group delivers accountancy support for third-sector organisations across the country. The Group consists of members of our Audit, Tax, VAT and Business Support teams, meaning that we offer flexibility in service delivery for our charity clients, keeping them informed of developments relevant to them whether they use one or all of our services.

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How we can help charities

  • Preparation of year-end statutory accounts
  • Audit and independent examination
  • Internal Management Reporting
  • Back-office support and financial administration
  • VAT consultancy
  • Pension and payroll functions
  • Creative industry tax reliefs
  • Gift Aid advice and support
  • Commercialisation (including trading subsidiaries)
  • Risk management

Trustee and governance support

We provide services to trustees, helping them to meet their legal duties in administering assets and finances with ease, and reporting in the correct manner. We also support clients on governance, and strategic issues including business planning, risk management and future needs.

The Charity SORP

Looking for information about the Charity SORP? Head to our dedicated page, where you’ll find guidance, downloads and webinar instructional videos to help.


Check out our dedicated page showing useful guidance on charities matters.

The Chiene + Tait Charity Team recently held a number of seminars on the topic of Trustee and Governance. To view the videos of speakers taken at the events visit this page.

Our experience and knowledge gives us critical insight into the issues that different charities have. Recently we have helped clients in the cultural sector apply for creative tax reliefs, advised local charities on the VAT position of their new buildings, provided bookkeeping cover, and plenty more – this is in addition to our audit and accounting services. We also advise on governance and regulatory requirements, particularly in relation to compliance with Financial Reporting Standards.

Our focus is to be a helpful, trusted advisor: giving you the best advice now, while keeping one eye on your future challenges.

Our charities experience

We work with arts organisations, theatre trusts, museums and galleries, sector bodies, small trusts, grant-giving organisations, local clubs and community groups, independent schools, national-scale service deliverers, membership organisations, and educational, social and medical care charities.

We hold regular events for our clients and issue regular communications to highlight important developments and new legislation for charities and their governance. For up to date news and advice on how to manage your charity during the pandemic, click on our guidance here.

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic we have yet to hold any events in 2020, but we plan to host a series in December 2020. Watch this space for more information. See below for previous events we have ran over the years.

In 2017, we held a range of breakfast seminars covering:

In 2016, our seminars covered:

  • OSCR’s new reporting requirements
  • Fraud risk
  • Social investment

We also liaise with regulators including OSCR to clarify issues, and contribute to HMRC consultations.

Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust

“I am very happy to endorse Chiene + Tait. We have received invaluable advice from them regarding VAT issues. They have been very thorough and efficient throughout and have acted on our behalf in dealing with HMRC. They identified major savings on the VAT on the capital cost which has enabled our project to move forward.”

Neil Sutherland, MD, Makar

“We were introduced to Chiene & Tait in relation to an R&D tax credit application to HMRC and to say were were delighted with the outcome is an understatement. The specialist service provided made all the difference for a very successful claim and subsequent financial payout. Since this initial experience we have not hesitated in working with Chiene & Tait in subsequent years with continued success. I would reconvened their services to any progressive organisations engaged in R&D activities.”

Martin Nadin, Chief Executive, Scottish Veterans Residences

“They are well-informed about the charity and third sector. Their performance has been seamless, runs on rails, and their size allows them to provide us with a personalised service.”

Chris Wright, Founder, deltaDNA

“We have especially liked Chiene + Tait’s approach: they have always taken a long-term view, working with us to make sure we correctly allocate R&D and show to HMRC the reason each project is valuable research. This has allowed us to successfully secure the tax credits with the minimum of fuss and the confidence each year to invest. I cannot rate Chiene + Tate highly enough. Having worked with other firms during the years on R&D Tax Credits, Chiene + Tait are by far the most professional, easiest to work with and ultimately the best at maximising the value back to the company.”

Tabatha McCree-Cox, Tarbraxus Distillers

“Chiene + Tait offered that expertise which is really important. They have a very friendly team. For example, Kerry on the VAT side has been really good, very detailed: she sets out the information very clearly along with what needs to be done. They are so much better than the previous firm we used.”

Richard Cooper, CEO, Novosound

“Novosound chose to engage with Chiene + Tait for specific tax advice prior to commencing its spin out. We chose C+T due to their deep knowledge of tax treatment with respect to share issues at company formation. This knowledge was exceedingly useful before and during the spin out process. The firm was easy to deal with and when a particular issue arose at the 11th hour, they dropped everything and developed a practical solution that suited all parties. All together C+T are a great firm to work with.”

Bruce Weir, Director, CW Properties

“Chiene + Tait have been excellent to deal with over the last ten years, with clear robust advice on all aspects of our company work. They really do think through solutions to provide best advice at all times.”

Gillian Brown

“They are efficient and I’ve found the people to be easy to work with. They are very transparent in their approach, and always very quick and professional in their responses. I do regard them as a trusted adviser.”

Karen Stark, Head of Finance, Care Visions Group

“Chiene + Tait have provided Care Visions with a professional service from the start: the set-up and parallel runs gave me so much confidence in the decision to outsource. The team at Chiene + Tait are always professional, extremely helpful and reliable.”

Enable Scotland

“As an organisation, we have had a hugely positive experience working with Chiene + Tait. The firm is easy to work with, flexible and promotes a real sense of confidence in their work and advice.”

Barry McCorkell, Director, Aubrey Capital Management

“I had no hesitation in asking for advice from the Chiene + Tait team when HMRC selected us for an Employer Compliance Review. Having longstanding trusted advisers at our side made it a lot easier and a lot less stressful! HMRC’s recommendations were quick to be addressed and adopted so the review, which could have been a challenging and unnerving experience, was instead professional and efficient. I would have no hesitation in recommending the C+T team to anyone in the future.”

Neil Wilkie, COO, Mironid

“We have been delighted to work with Chiene + Tait on our R&D tax credit claim over the past few years. The guidance and professionalism of the C+T team has resulted in a smooth submission process with a concomitant successful outcome. I’d highly recommend their services.”

Keith Thompson, Head of HR, Hampden & Co

“Chiene + Tait are responsive and helpful, and I thoroughly enjoy working with them. They are clear about up-front costs, and I find they provide a good service and value for money.”

Meet the team

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We hold regular events for our clients and issue regular communications to highlight important developments and new legislation for charities and their governance.

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