Gift Aid: How-it-works
Grow your giving with Gift Aid
What is Gift Aid?
If you’re a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid increases the value of your charity donations by allowing charities to reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift at no extra cost to you. That’s a whopping 25p for every £1 you give.
How does Gift Aid work?
If you're a UK taxpayer, add Gift Aid whenever you make a donation and the charity can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your gift - that's a whopping 25p for every £1 you give.
Higher rate tax payers can claim additional tax benefits for donations they make to charity, which you can keep or pass on to any charitable organisation. Simply indicate how much you have donated when completing your tax self-assessment form.
Why isn't my donation eligible for Gift Aid?
If your income is below £12,570
The income tax personal allowance is £12,570 for individuals born after 5 April 1948*. If your income is below £12,570, you will not pay income tax and consequently are no longer be able to claim Gift Aid on eligible donations.
If this applies to you, please ensure all existing Gift Aid declarations are cancelled; failure to do so could mean that HMRC may recover the claimed Gift Aid back from you or, in some cases, the charity that received the donation.
*The personal allowance is higher for people born before 6 April 1948 or those entitled to the Blind Person’s Allowance. See the HMRC website for details.