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What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor.

This means we can claim back from the government on your behalf 25p for every £1 donated, boosting the value of the donation by a quarter.

How does Gift Aid work?

When a UK taxpayer gives a gift of money to a charity, tax has already been paid on that money. Because you are exempt from tax, we can claim this money back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and give it to you.

Read more about how Gift Aid works in the HMRC Gift Aid toolkit.

How is Gift Aid calculated?

Get ready for the maths – you may need a calculator for this one.

Under HMRC’s Gift Aid scheme, charities can reclaim an amount equal to basic rate tax (20%) on the amount of the donation, plus basic rate tax already paid by that taxpayer on that donation. To do this, you need to use a ‘grossing up’ fraction.

Let’s take a £100 donation as an example.

The fraction applied to calculate Gift Aid is 100 x 20/80. This is 25% of £100 which equals £25.

How do I make a Gift Aid Declaration?

You’ll see the option to make a Gift Aid declaration in your donation receipt after making a donation. Or you can visit the PayPal form directly to opt in.

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