Gift Aid Secretaries can help make a big difference to church finances
Gift Aid allows churches to reclaim the basic rate tax on donations – boosting any donations from UK tax payers by 25%. This means that a gift of £10 from a donor is worth £12.50 to your church. Gift Aid applies to large and small donations – cash, cheque, standing order or direct debit.
The new Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) also enables you to claim on small cash donations of up to £20 where it is difficult to obtain a Gift Aid declaration – meaning you can even claim on loose offerings and donations in non Gift Aid envelopes.
Gift Aid Secretaries are responsible for encouraging tax effective giving, ensuring accurate records are kept and submitting regular claims to HMRC. It is important that they keep up to date with HMRC requirements. For details on dealing with Gift Aid and the Small Donations Scheme see both the main Gift Aid section and the Gift Aid section of the Giving in Grace website; links for both of these can be found on the right.
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