‘Madness’ as village side is forced to pay Corporation Tax

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A small village football team has revealed it is being charged Corporation Tax after hosting club fundraising events.

As The Bucks Herald continues its fight to lower the cost of grassroots football, it has come to light that Quainton Football Club, a small amateur village side in the lower reaches of the Aylesbury and District League, has been charged Corporation Tax for the past two seasons on the monies it raises to fund the side.

Club committee member Jim Styles says HMRC has persistently chased the club for money because it did not have a constitution, despite running since before 1888 without one.

But, Mr Styles said obtaining the necessary constitution is not straightforward.

“Despite protestations that if Starbucks and other multi-national businesses do not pay Corporation Tax, why should a small club run by volunteers with no paid staff, they have still chased us down persistently, its madness,” Mr Styles said.

“It is difficult to complete the online documentation as it is quite complex and not appropriate for a small amateur club. It takes up a lot of time and effort that could be used more productively in supporting the club.

“We are trying to register as a Community Amateur Sports Club to escape from the tax system.

“This involves even more bureaucracy, 64 boxes to be filled in plus a copy of the club’s constitution and two years’ worth of financial records.

“As we do not have a constitution, the club having successfully run continuously since before 1888 without one, more time and effort has been expended in producing one that satisfies the relevant authorities.”

The Bucks Herald teamed up with one-man campaigner and former Liverpool footballer Kenny Saunders last week in a bid to petition the government to Make Football More Affordable. Sign the e-petition and follow @BHSportsEditor and @SaveGrassRoots for more on the campaign.