Luke Savvas - Partner.

The charity sector is constantly changing, charities are becoming more complex; they’re branching out and doing more commercial activity. With this, there can be many complex tax issues - I help charities overcome these challenges so they can concentrate on helping those in need

Luke joined Buzzacott in 2008 and is a Tax Partner specialising in Charity and Not for Profit and Business Tax.

Luke and his team are experts on all tax issues affecting both the business and not for profit sectors, performing a range of tax services including:

  • Advice on structuring for clients ranging from small family owned businesses to large international organisations.
  • Property transactions
  • Business and social investment tax relief
  • Charitable trading 
  • Qualifying charitable investment and funding 
  • Gift aid and other tax efficient giving
  • Employment tax
  • Tax advice for fundraising

Luke also has experience in the catering and leisure industry, construction, private banking, publishing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Luke is a regular lecturer and writes articles on charity taxation matters. 

Prior to joining Buzzacott, Luke held senior tax positions at other accountancy firms.

When he’s not at his desk Luke enjoys spending time with his family and going on excursions.  He is also the partner in charge of the staff social committee.  


You might also be interested in… Tax planning and advice for charities

Our dedicated not-for-profit tax team advises all kinds of organisations. We work closely with charities, religious institutes, academies and schools, further and higher education organisations, INGOs, membership organisations and social businesses.

Take advantage of our sector experience to make sure you’re claiming all relevant tax reliefs and exemptions. Then enjoy directing the greatest possible funds towards the causes you care about.

Our tax and audit specialists work as one team and have trained as charity experts from day one. So you can count on regular communication, industry insights and an annual charity tax update after the Chancellor’s Budget. We also offer tax update seminars and bespoke fundraising workshops to help you keep up to date with the latest information.

Tax advice to help charities and their trustees

  • Review use of Gift Aid and other tax-efficient ways to boost income
  • Review group structures for tax efficiency and set up tax-efficient trading subsidiaries
  • Assess tax consequences of new contracts and agreements, for example, sponsorship agreements
  • Review VAT exemptions
  • Advise on dual-qualifying charities (a tax-efficient structure connecting a UK and US charity)
  • Guidance on property transactions 
  • Advise on employment tax issues
  • Advise on fundraising events and initiatives

Taxes and giving: getting it right

Charities are subject to the same compliance rules as any other taxpayer and exposed to potential significant tax penalties for getting it wrong! Under self-assessment tax, the burden is with charity trustees and key management to ensure they are fully compliant and disclose all relevant information under what has become increasingly complex tax rules.  Our specialist tax team will provide their knowledge and support to help reduce your risk and make sure you are getting it right!

Download these useful resources

Fundraising events: VAT and Direct Tax

Funding the arts: Tax reliefs

Tax efficient giving

Top 10 tips for fundraising events 

Pros and cons of using a trading subsidiary

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