HMRC charity registration

I just wondered if anybody has registered a charity with HMRC before making a Commission application or in parallel.

Having just spoken to HMRC (and from their website), they seem very keen for you to get Commission registration first - presumably because it saves them having to assess the organisation themselves.

However, the Commission seem to be taking about 3 months to consider most applications at the moment and the charity are keen to get their gift aid registration.

Andrew Goodman
Osborne Clarke LLP