15 May What is an Unincorporated Association?
An ‘unincorporated association’ is an organisation set up through an agreement between a group of people who come together for a reason other than to make a profit, e.g. a sports club. The term is also used to describe the organisation as not being a ‘corporate body’, i.e. the organisation is not a limited company.
The vast majority of sports club are unincorporated associations. You don’t need to register an unincorporated association with anyone and its rules and regulations are typically detailed in a constitution.
Unincorporated associations should state clearly in their constitution that they are not for profit, i.e. any surplus made through member activities is used for the benefit of the club.
It is important to note that the individual members of the association are personally responsible for any debts and contractual obligations, with the committee members being responsible in the first instance.
Profit generated from non-member activities is taxable (corporation tax) and is declared by an association on an annual tax return.
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