Church of England parishes collectively receive over £80 million in Gift Aid tax rebates each year, over £30 million more than the amount collected in the year 2000, and sufficient to fund 1,600 stipendiary clergy! This is a great tribute to the hard work of volunteers running Gift Aid programmes in parishes throughout the
country, as well as a testimony to the value of the Gift Aid scheme. It’s important to get it right, and this page seeks to help you do that.
HMRC introduced some new changes to the wording required for new Gift Aid declarations (existing enduring declarations do not need renewing) and this requires action by parishes. (See our Declarations and Envelopes guide) Following a review over the summer of 2015 HMRC have also now agreed that PCCs are no longer connected for the small donations scheme. Most of our PCCs with a single church can now run the scheme more simply. (See the GASDS page)
Gift Aid Fact Sheets:
These 12 Fact Sheets are to help you make the most of Gift Aid…..
- 1 Getting Started with Gift Aid – an overview to the scheme. You may also find our introductory video helpful…
- 2 A Job Description for a Gift Aid Officer
- 3 Gift Aid Declarations and a Gift Aid Declaration template in Word
- 4 Record Keeping
- 5 Gift Aid for Higher Rate Taxpayers
- 6 Can we Claim Gift Aid on …??
- 7 Basic Principles and Donor Benefit – don’t fall foul of the rules
- 8 HMRC Audits
- 9 HMRC’s ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ test
- 10 Guidance on Claiming Gift Aid – there are now three ways of claiming Gift Aid, and we have produced guidance on each of these.
- 11 Making Aggregated Claims – bundling together lots of small donations.
- 12 The Small Donations Scheme – allows a Gift Aid style payment from HMRC on cash donations of £20 or less, where no Gift Aid declaration has been received. Guidance for single church parishes and for parishes with more than one church. See our special GASDS page.
However, you may not need to operate Gift Aid yourself as some dioceses offer a Diocesan scheme. These include Canterbury, Lichfield, Liverpool, Manchester, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Southwell & Nottingham and Worcester. If you are in one of these dioceses, you might like to contact your Diocesan Office to find out more about them.