Donating through Gift Aid means charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you donate. It won’t cost you any extra.
What you need to do
You need to make a Gift Aid declaration for the charity to claim. You usually do this by filling in a form (download )
You can include all donations from the last 4 years. Tell the charity about any tax years where you didn’t pay enough tax.
Paying enough tax to qualify for Gift Aid
Your donations will qualify as long as they’re not more than 4 times what you have paid in tax in that tax year (6 April to 5 April).
The tax could have been paid income or capital gains
You must tell the charities you support if you stop paying enough tax.
Higher rate taxpayers
If you pay tax at the higher national rate , you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation. Do this either:
Example You donate £100 to charity – they claim Gift Aid to make your donation £125. You pay 40% tax so you can personally claim back £25.00 (£125 x 20%).
In your Self Assessment tax return, you normally only report things from the previous tax year.
But for Gift Aid, you can also claim tax relief on donations you make in the current tax year (up to the date you send your return) if you either:
You can’t do this if:
If you don’t have to send a tax return, contact HMRC and ask for a P810 form. You’ll need to submit it by 31 January after the end of the previous tax year.
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