Gift Aid is a tax relief scheme allowing UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% in tax on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer, at no extra cost to you. When contributing to a charity like the Greengate Trust in the UK, you may encounter the option to include Gift Aid with your donation. This process typically involves ticking a box to confirm your UK taxpayer status and providing simple details such as your name and address.
If you donate £5, the government will contribute 25% of your donation as Gift Aid (£1.25 in this case), the total donation will be £6.25 (£5 + 25% Gift Aid = £6.25 total donation)
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What is gift aid?
If you are a UK tax payer you can use Gift Aid. With every £1 donated to Greengate, we receive an extra 25p, covering admin fees at no extra cost to you.
Gift Aid explained in this video
What do I have to do?
When you donate, you’ll be asked to confirm whether or not you are a UK taxpayer. Please note that Gift Aid can only be reclaimed on donations made by individuals who pay UK income or capital gains tax at a rate at least equal to the amount reclaimed on their donations in the current tax year.
How do I sign up?
The process is simple – all you have to do is make a Gift Aid declaration. If you are donating online, just tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form. Alternatively, you can use the form below to update your Gift Aid status.
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Gift Aid should not be claimed when:
Under UK law, certain donations are not eligible for Gift Aid. If your donation falls into any of the following categories, Gift Aid shouldn’t be claimed:
Donations made by anyone who is not a UK taxpayer.*
Donations made on behalf of someone else or a group of people – For example, you collect money from your friends and family and then made a bulk donation. Even if they are UK taxpayers, the donation is not eligible. HMRC needs a Gift Aid declaration from each of the donors contributing to the collection.
Donations made in return for something. For example, you are making a donation in return for a ticket to attend an event, most purchases of goods at an auction, a cake sale donation, or buying a raffle ticket.
Donations made on behalf of a company (however, the company can claim tax relief on the donation when donating directly to the charity).
Benefits to higher-rate taxpayers: If you pay tax at the higher rate, you can reclaim tax relief on your gross donation at 20% (i.e. the difference between the higher rate of tax at 40% and the basic rate at 20%).
What if I am not a UK taxpayer?
The Gift Aid scheme is unique to the UK, your donation will not be eligible for Gift Aid.