Gift Aid Explained

 

Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. The scheme is operated by HRMC and allows charities to claim the basic rate of tax on every pound donated.

So for example, if you give us £20 we’ll actually be giving us £25 if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration for us.

This makes your donation go further with relatively little effort and at no cost to you.

Gift Aid - the facts

  • For individuals, the Gift Aid rules require the completion of a Gift Aid Declaration Form. This provides us with the minimum information required for us to be able to claim Gift Aid on a donation. 

  • Gift Aid applies only to ‘gifts’. That means we can’t use Gift Aid to boost fundraising totals on activities where people have been charged an entry fee or have entered a competition. This also extends to activities where the donor can’t be traced (such as collections).

  • To ensure that the Gift Aid claim is valid, meaning we can claim the money back, it’s vitally important that all the information asked for on the Gift Aid Declaration Form is provided.

Gift Aid Declaration Forms

We are required to be able to provide, when requested, a valid declaration through which Gift Aid has been claimed, so it’s incredibly important that any forms sent back to us are accurate and complete. We are required to collect the following minimum information and to retain a record of it.

  • The name of our charity.

  • The full name and home address of the person making the declaration, including their postcode. Declarations cannot be made jointly.

  • A clear indication that the person wants to make a declaration and a statement as to which donations are to be covered by the declaration (we use a tick box).

  • A statement that the person making the declaration pays an amount of income and/or capital gains tax for each tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next) that is at least equivalent to the tax that Mango Tree Goa will claim from HM Revenue & Customs in that tax year.

Checking We Hold A Gift Aid Declaration For You

If you already donate to us and want to check that you are gift aiding your donations then please email us at info@mangotreegoa.org. The good news is that if we don’t have a Gift Aid Declaration for you and you have donated at any time in the last four years then we can still claim gift aid on your donation.