Unincorporated associations

What does a registered unincorporated association have to report?

Upcoming changes to reporting thresholds

The unincorporated association registration threshold below applies until 31 December 2023. From 1 Jan 2024, a new threshold will apply:

  • The registration threshold of £25,000 in political contributions in a calendar year will increase to £37,270

The reporting thresholds below apply for gifts received until 31 December 2023. For gifts received from 1 Jan 2024, new thresholds will apply:

  • All reporting thresholds of £7,500 will increase to £11,180
  • All reporting thresholds of £1,500 will increase to £ 2,230

If you are required to register on or after 1 January 2024, the new reporting thresholds will apply to all gifts received, including those received before 1 January 2024.
 

Once you have registered with us, you must tell us about the reportable gifts received by your association in:

  • the calendar year before you made the contribution
  • the calendar year of the contribution and
  • the calendar year following the contribution

A gift includes anything given or transferred to any officer, member, trustee or agent of an unincorporated association in that person's capacity within the association.

It includes:

  • any donation to the association of money or property
  • a bequest
  • any subscription or other fee paid for affiliation to, or membership of the association
  • any money spent in paying expenses incurred by the association
  • the provision – other than on commercial terms – of any property, services or facilities for the use or benefit of the association (including the services of a person)

Reportable gifts include:

  • a single gift of more than £7,500
  • two or more gifts given by the same person in the same calendar year which total more than £7,500. You need only count individual gifts worth more than £500 toward this total
  • any additional gift given by source that you have already reported as having given a gift in that calendar year, if it has a value of more than £1,500

 

Gifts received before the contribution date

If you notify us that you have made a political contribution of over £25,000, you must then report any reportable gifts you have received:

  • from the start of the same year the political contribution was made up to and including the contribution date, and
  • in the year before the year the political contribution was made

You have 60 days from the contribution date to report this information to us. You can do this using form UA2.

 

Gifts received after the contribution date

Once you are on the register, you must report all reportable gifts to us on a quarterly basis.

The first quarterly reporting period includes:

  • the rest of the quarter that the contribution date was in, starting with the day after the contribution date ,and
  • the next full quarter

The first quarterly report is due 30 days after the end of the first reporting period.

Another report is due 30 days after the end of every quarter, finishing with the last quarter of the calendar year following the contribution date.

You can make these reports to us using form UA3.

Last updated: 22 November 2023