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A Guide to Gift Aid

Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% in tax on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer.

Who does it apply to?

The Gift Aid scheme is unique to the UK. If you are not a UK taxpayer, you can still make a donation, but your donation will not be eligible for Gift Aid.

How much can charities claim?

Donating through Gift Aid means charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra.

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What you need to do

You need to make a Gift Aid declaration for the charity to claim. You must give a declaration to each charity you want to donate to through Gift Aid.

You can include all donations from the last 4 years. Tell the charity about any tax years where you did not pay enough tax.

To make a Gift Aid declaration to Amanah Global Relief:

  • If donating online, simply opt in to the Gift Aid declaration and ensure you provide us with your full name and address.
  • If you have donated via bank transfer, please do not forget to submit a bank transfer form here, which also includes a Gift Aid declaration.

Paying enough tax to qualify for Gift Aid

Your donations will qualify for Gift Aid 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 on your income or capital gains.

If you have claimed more tax relief than you are entitled to, you will need to notify the charity and pay back any excess tax relief to HMRC.

You must tell the charities you support if you stop paying enough tax.

Higher rate and additional rate taxpayers

Higher rate and additional rate taxpayers are eligible to claim tax relief on the difference between the basic rate and their highest rate of tax. This can be actioned through their Self-Assessment tax return or by asking HMRC to amend their tax code.

For example:

If a taxpayer donates £500 to charity, the total value of the donation to the charity is £625. The taxpayer can claim additional tax back of:

  • 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%).

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