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wabisabiwabisabi Feels At HomeRegistered Posts: 130

I am a L4 student and I thought it would be useful CPD to investigate a question posed to me by a friend. She is a trained counsellor and not in any way money motivated. She would like to offer a counselling service and just ask for donations, whatever people feel they could give to allow her to keep the service going.

I said I thought that HMRC would regard this as taxable income, but it would be interesting to an expect opinion. I wondered too if there is a way round this e.g. setting up a charity?



  • wabisabiwabisabi Feels At Home Registered Posts: 130
    sorry, that should read "it would be interesting to hear an expert opinion"
  • paulstaffordpaulstafford Feels At Home Registered Posts: 126
    I'm not particularly money motivated , do you think if I changed the description on my fee invoices to 'donation' I could get away with not treating them as taxable income?

    She could look into setting up a charity, but then how is she going to be paid?

  • MarieNoelleMarieNoelle Trusted Regular Hampshire/Surrey borderModerator, MAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 1,431
    Maybe this would be a good starting point for CPD?
  • wabisabiwabisabi Feels At Home Registered Posts: 130
    @MarieNoelle thank you, that's really helpful.
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