Gift Aid Explained
What is gift aid?
Gift Aid is a UK government scheme which allows charities such as JHSE to reclaim money on donations, from HMRC. If you are a UK taxpayer and you donate £10 to us, we can reclaim an extra £2.50, making the benefit to our charity £12.50.
We can claim this on donations but also on ticket sales if you add a donation of at least 10%. So, if a ticket costs £5 and you add a 50p. voluntary donation, we can claim 25% gift aid on the whole amount.
Am I eligible?
Gift aid can be applied as long as you are a UK taxpayer. That means that you have to pay enough tax – either income or capital gains tax – in the current tax year to cover the amount of the Gift Aid claimed. This does not mean you have to be working. Taxes are payable on savings, pensions and other forms of income.
What do I have to do?
If you meet these criteria, we invite you to click the Gift Aid box when making a donation or purchasing a ticket. The website will prompt you to complete a Gift Aid declaration form. If you have already completed this form for previous payments to JHSE, you do not need to do so again. A declaration form applies to any future donations. However, if you haven’t already completed the form, we ask you to do so as we need this when we claim from HMRC. Of course, if your circumstances change, and you no longer pay UK tax, we ask you to contact our office on firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of the change.
If you have any questions, please email our office.