What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charities to reclaim an extra 25% in tax for every eligible donation made by a UK tax payer. To apply for gift aid you need to register online with HMRC.
What can the charity claim back?
Gift Aid can only be claimed if the donor completes a gift aid declaration form.
Gift Aid declaration must state:
- Donors full name
- Donors full address
- Name of the charity
- Confirm that the identified gifts are to be treated as Gift Aid donations
- Identify the gift or gifts to which the declaration relates
- Date of declaration
- A Gift Aid declaration is valid indefinitely until cancelled
How long can Worthing Scouts claim Gift aid?
The declaration wording normally covers present, future and past donations. We can back-claim four years and we will continue to claim until you tell us otherwise, so long as you are eligible.
How do I sign up?
The process is nice and simple – all you need to do is make a Gift Aid declaration. The easiest way is when donating online, tick the Gift Aid box on the form and fill in the details required.
Do I qualify for gift aid?
In order for Worthing Scouts to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) at least equal to the tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.