What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is an easy way for charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to increase the value of donations from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the donor.

How does it work?

If you give £1 in the normal way we will receive precisely £1. But if you add Gift Aid to it we will receive £1.25 - in other words increasing the value of your gift by a quarter. Gift Aid is claimed by us from the HMRC so you don’t pay any extra but your donation increases thanks to Gift Aid.

Do I qualify for Gift Aid?

All donors who pay enough income tax or capital gains tax to cover the 20% tax we reclaim are eligible to take part. Taxes such as VAT and council tax don't qualify. If you qualify, you can complete a Gift Aid declaration now.

Do I need to make a separate Gift Aid declaration for each tax year?

No, you only need to make a declaration once. This will apply to all past donations you have made in the last six years, and to all future donations.

What if I pay a higher rate of tax?

If you're a donor and pay a higher rate of tax you too can benefit from the tax relief. You can claim back the difference between the higher rates of tax at 40 or 50% and the basic rate of tax at 20% on the total value of your gross donation.

For more information on completing your self-assessment tax return, and increasing your gift by nominating us to receive your rebate as a higher rate taxpayer, please visit the Inland Revenue website.

What if I stop paying tax?

Simply contact us to cancel the declaration.

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