You might also want to set up a Universal account type for a charity, especially if you don't require some of FreeAgent's more detailed bookkeeping functionality. Universal account types can be used for UK businesses as well as international businesses, but there are some things to bear in mind first:
If your charity has paid staff, then avoid choosing the Universal account as this does not have a payroll function in FreeAgent.
If your charity is registered for UK VAT and you want to file your VAT returns online, or you are cash accounting for VAT, then avoid choosing the Universal account type as this doesn't have those functions available.
If your charity is also a limited company registered at Companies House, then choose the UK Limited Company account type.
If you’re running an unincorporated association, you don’t need to choose the UK Limited Company account type. If you have monthly paid staff, or need to file VAT, then you should use the UK Sole Trader account type. If neither of these apply to you, you should select the Universal account type.
Universal accounts don't feature some of the complex functionality that other company types require, such as VAT and payroll (mentioned above) and also Self Assessment and corporation tax projection. As a charity, you may well not require any of this functionality. If you do, however, make sure to choose one of the other account types listed above.
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