Use of Charity Number
The Educate Together national office may not provide its charity number for schools to use for tax or donation purposes. All Educate Together schools requiring a charity number, must follow the instructions outlined here to obtain the same.
When applying to be recognised as a charity for tax purposes, the organisation must send the five items of documentation (see below) to:
Office of the Revenue Commissioners
1. A completed CHY1 application form which can be downloaded from
CHY1 - Applying for Relief from Tax on the Income and Property of...
2. Details of its governing instrument [e.g. a constitution, deed of trust or Memorandum and Articles of Association]. This will be your Constitution and Rules for Boards of Management.
3. A statement of activities: National School recognised by the Department of Education and Skills.
4. The latest financial accounts - each school will have their own relevant accounts.
5. The names and addresses of its officers i.e. your eight Board of Management members.
There is usually a delay of several weeks in dealing with applications and the application may take some time as the Revenue Commissioners may require the governing instrument to be amended before deciding whether they will recognise the organisation as charitable. If the organisation is recognised as a charity it will be allocated a CHY number by the Revenue Commissioners. This means that it is exempt from various taxes such as DIRT, income tax and corporation tax (if it is a company).
For information on
SCHEME OF TAX RELIEF FOR DONATIONS OF MONEY OR DESIGNATED SECURITIES TO “ELIGIBLE CHARITIES” AND OTHER “APPROVED BODIES” UNDER SECTION 848A TAXES CONSOLIDATION ACT 1997
please see document CHY2.pdf - which can be found online at:
A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to this process is also available at:
An online list of bodies authorised as charities, including national schools can be found online at: