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You can claim back 25p every time an individual donates £1 to your charity or community amateur sports club (CASC). This is called Gift Aid.
To be eligible for this, your organisation must be registered as a charity or as a CASC.
To claim Gift Aid you need to get a Gift Aid declaration from your donor. It should state that they have paid at least as much as that donated in Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in that tax year and agree to Gift Aid being claimed.
The declaration must include a description of the gifted amount and:
You must keep a record of declarations for 6 years after the most recent donation you claimed Gift Aid on.
The following are sample forms for different type of donations that have been made available by HMRC.
|Type of Donation||Giving to a charity||Giving to a CASC|
|for one-off donations||sample||sample|
|for multiple donations||sample||sample|
|for sponsored events||sample||sample|
There are instructions of how to set up an account with Charities Online and then submit your claims for Gift Aid at this link.
Your deadline to claim Gift Aid depends on how your charity is set up. You need to claim for a donation within 4 years of the end of the financial period you received it in. This is: