Gift aid explained

Gift Aid is a way for the Society to increase the value of monetary gifts from UK taxpayers by claiming back the basic rate tax paid by the donor on the donation.

The Society can reclaim tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on the ‘gross’ equivalent of donations (their value before tax was deducted at the basic rate – currently 20 per cent). The Society can work out the amount of tax it can reclaim by dividing the amount donated by four. This means that for every £1 donated, we can claim an extra 25 pence.

Donations that qualify for Gift Aid

Gift Aid can only be claimed on gifts of money from individuals, sole traders or partnerships, in any of the following forms:

• cash

• cheque

• Direct Debit

• credit or debit card

• postal order

• standing order or bank transfer

Gifts made by cheque only count as received once the cheque has cleared. The Society can accept gifts of money made in sterling or any foreign currency.

What we need from you

In order to make a Gift Aid donation, you’ll need to make a Gift Aid declaration.

We ask you to state that the single gift is pursued for Gift Aid or that every gift made to the Society for whatever period you choose is pursued Gift Aid on, so this can cover gifts you have already made and/or gifts you may make in the future.

A Gift Aid declaration must include:

your full name

• your home address

• the name of the charity

• details of your donation

and it should state that this is a Gift Aid donation.

For full information on Gift Aid, please read the HM Revenue and Customs guide.

Download the form for single Gift Aid click here

Download the form for multiple Gift Aid – past, present and future click here

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