Gift Aid

What is gift aid ?

Gift Aid is a government initiative that allows donations given to charity to be tax-effective. As soon as you give your permission by completing a Gift Aid declaration form, we can claim the tax back on your donation. This means that for a £10 donation will receive £12.50 and for a £50 gift, we will actually receive £62.50.

Am I committing myself to give regularly?

Not at all, completing a Gift Aid declaration does not commit you to any future donations, but any you may give will be covered by the declaration.

 

Who is eligible for Gift Aid?

If you are a UK tax payer, yes. Even if you are not employed, you are still eligible if you are paying tax on any of the following:

  • tax deducted at source from savings interest
  • tax on State Pension and/or other pensions
  • tax on investment or rental income (including tax credits on UK dividends)
  • Capital Gains Tax on gains

Other taxes such as VAT and Council tax do not qualify, nor does any non-UK tax

 

What if I am a higher rate taxpayer?

If you pay tax at a rate of 40% or above, you can claim the difference between the higher and basic rate on your donation. Do this:

  • through your Self Assessment tax return
  • by asking HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to amend your tax code

 

I’m a pensioner: do I pay tax?

You may pay tax on a private pension plan or on a savings account. You may also pay capital gains tax on the sale of property or shares.

 

What should I do if I move house, or change my name? Please let us know if any of your circumstances change so that we can keep your record up-to-date on our systems.

 

How do I cancel my declaration?

Simply inform us that you are no longer a UK taxpayer, in writing or over the telephone, and we will stop reclaiming tax on your donations immediately.

Download a Gift Aid Form Here  leafletGift Aid.pdf