Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
From the 6th April there will be an increase in the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) donation limit (from £20 to £30).
This scheme is a top up on small cash donations which was introduced in 2013.
Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs can claim a top up payment of 25% on cash donations of £30 or less without the need for a Gift Aid declaration – this captures things like bucket collections and collecting tins. The maximum annual amount you can claim from April 2016 is £2,000 (on £8,000 of donations).
Donations that are eligible for GASDS
- It has to be a cash donation of £30 or less from an individual – HMRC are reasonable about this and expect the same from you – unless there is a good reason (several £20 notes folded together, or put in an envelope) you can assume that anything with a denomination of £20 or less is eligible.
- From April 2017 you can also claim on contactless donations
- The donation must be collected and banked in UK – so if you are in the (bad) habit of putting aside some cash income for petty cash rather than banking it – you won’t be able to claim GASDS on that.
- It cannot be membership fees
- It cannot be cash donations from companies or trusts
- No benefits given to individual
This information is taken from this NCVO page which goes into greater detail about the situations in which you can claim GASDS and the process that you need to follow.