Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. It is a scheme administered by the Inland Revenue which allows us to claim 25p for every £1 that you donate. So, for example, if you donate £20 we can claim an extra £5, making your gift worth £25.
You simply need to have paid or will pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax that is at least equal to the tax that Hospiscare and other Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs you donate to will reclaim on your donations in a tax year.
Download a Gift Aid Declaration form
Using the declaration form, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations in the last 4 years and all future donations until you notify us that you no longer pay tax.
If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 45%) this works out as 31p for every £1 you donate.
Donations from non-UK taxpayers are not eligible for Gift Aid.
HMRC regulations also mean that we can’t reclaim Gift Aid on a donation if the donor told us that:
If you are taking part in an event you can boost the value of your fundraising by up to 25% if your sponsors are eligible to add Gift Aid to their donations. However, there are some simple rules which need to be followed:
We cannot claim Gift Aid on a donation that you or a close family member make towards your event sponsorship if you are taking part in an event where Hospiscare is contributing to your entry costs, as this counts as a Gift Aid benefit. A close family member is defined as your spouse or civil partner, your parents, your children and grandchildren and your siblings, as well as their spouses or civil partners.
In these circumstances, if you set up an online giving page you should tick the box that asks ‘is your charity contributing to the cost of your fundraising?’ to ensure that Gift Aid eligibility criteria are correctly set up for your event.
If you are unsure please contact us or, for further information on Gift Aid, you can go to the HMRC website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gift-aid-whatdonations-charities-and-cascs-can-claim-on
For further information on how to give Gift Aid when donating to our shops please click here.