Wychumvi - What is Gift Aid?


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Gift Aid allows individuals who are subject to UK income tax, to complete a simple, short declaration that they are a UK taxpayer. Any cash donations that the taxpayer makes to the charity after making a declaration are treated as being made after deduction of income tax at the basic rate and the charity can reclaim the basic rate income tax paid on the gift from HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). For a basic-rate taxpayer, this adds approximately 28% to the value of any gift made under Gift Aid. This principle operates both for regular giving through direct debits or for one off payments.

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Due to the administration involved the charity will process all direct debits but can only accept gifts of over £50 for Gift Aid relief.

 Benefit for Higher Rate Taxpayers

Higher-rate taxpayers can claim income tax relief, above and beyond the amount claimed directly by the charities. The rate of the relief for higher-rate taxpayers is usually 18%, the difference between the basic rate (22%) and the higher rate (40%) of income tax.


As stated in the letter all Gift Aid payments are dealt with confidentially and so at present the only person aware of any payment details is Steve Ollis who is the Gift Aid treasurer who administers the reclaiming of tax on behalf of the charity.

Please click here to download a Gift Aid Form

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