Donations/ Gift Aid
Make your donation go further
Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. It is a scheme introduced by HM Revenue & Customs, which allows us to reclaim the basic rate tax you pay as a UK taxpayer. Gift Aid is worth at least an extra 25p for every £1 you give. This is at absolutely no extra cost to you!
Please remember that what you pay in income/capital gains tax, must at least equal the amount we will reclaim against your donation.
If you donate through PayPal please remember to add a reference just before confirming the payment, stating that you are happy for us to claim Gift Aid on your donation.
If you donate through bank transfer, cash or cheque, drop us an email to say how much you donated, your full postal address and a clear note that you are happy for us to claim Gift Aid on your donation. We’ll take care of the rest.
Please remember that if you donate by standing order, to let us know of any changes to your name and address. You can contact us at any time by emailing email@example.com.
Questions about adding Gift Aid to your donations
1. What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid means that for every £1 you donate we get an extra 25p, at no extra cost to you. All that is required from you is a one-off declaration, which you can give by simply ticking a box on a form, online or by agreeing over the phone, and we’ll do the rest.
2. Do I qualify for Gift Aid?
Gift Aid can apply to donations of any amount made by an individual! You can Gift Aid your cash, cheque, credit/debit card, postal order, direct debit, standing order and bank transfer donations. To be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme, you need to be a UK taxpayer. You need to have paid income tax or capital gains tax that is at least equal to the amount that we will be reclaiming, in the year that your gift is received by us.
Tax is claimed at the basic rate of tax, which is 20% before tax (25% on the net donation). This means that under Gift Aid, for every £1 you give, we can reclaim at least an additional 25p from HM Revenue & Customs.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for donating by Gift Aid, or simply want more information, contact the HM Revenue & Customs directly by calling their Gift Aid helpline on 0151 472 6038 or visiting http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
3. Do I need to make a separate Gift Aid declaration for each tax year?
No, you only need to make a declaration once. Your single declaration will apply to all past donations made in the six years prior to this year and any donations you might make to us in the future.
Please do, however, remember to let us know of any changes to your name and address. You can contact us at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. What if I pay a higher rate of tax?
If you are a higher rate taxpayer we are still only able to claim the basic rate of tax on your donation. However, you are able to reclaim the difference between the amount we reclaim and the 40% you pay yourself through your tax return, or you may choose to donate it back to the charity by completing the information on your self assessment form. All you have to do is remember to include details of your charitable donations on your tax form.
5. What if I stop paying tax? Can I withdraw the declaration?
You can cancel the declaration at any time by emailing your full name and address, including your postcode, to email@example.com.
Find out more about Gift Aid on the HM Revenue & Customs website.
6. Can anyone gift aid their donations?
Anyone can give us permission to claim back the tax paid on their gifts, as long as they are a UK Tax payer and have paid as much tax as we will claim on donations made in the tax year in which they were received. This tax can be from income tax taken from your pay or from income/capital gains tax paid on a private pension or on savings interest.
7. I am a pensioner, do my donations qualify?
Income from state pensions is unlikely to qualify as you would need to earn above the personal allowance threshold to pay income tax. If this is your only source of income, we would always advise that you check with your tax office before completing a declaration.
8. Is there any extra paperwork for me to complete?
No. We reclaim the tax directly from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Simply tick the box on the form to confirm you are a UK taxpayer. That’s all you need to do – although you may wish to keep a record of donations you have made in case you are eligible for further tax relief yourself or to ensure that you are paying enough tax to cover the donations you make to charities under Gift Aid.
9. Does my declaration cover all donations I have ever made to you?
We only have six years in which to claim the tax relief on your donations as set out by HMRC.
10. Do I need to declare anything in my tax return in relation to donations I have already given?
No. You only need declare donations made in the current tax year, as although the charity can claim back the tax on donations received up to six years ago, you can only benefit from tax relief on donations made in the current period. Please speak to your tax office if in any doubt as to your entitlement.