Gift Aid is the government scheme which allows charities to reclaim the basic rate tax you have already paid on any donation. All you have to do is complete a declaration saying that you pay enough tax to cover what the charity will reclaim from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
If you are a UK taxpayer Haileybury could claim an additional 25p for every £1 you donate at no additional cost to yourself. In order for your gift to qualify for Gift Aid you will need to be a UK tax payer and pay at least a sum of UK income or capital gains tax equal to that which all the charities or community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year.
You don’t necessarily have to be working to be paying tax. Apart from tax on income from a job or self-employment, the tax you’ve paid could include:
Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify, nor does any non-UK tax.
Click on the 'Gift Aid and Tax Relief Table' link at the bottom of the page to see what a difference Gift Aid makes. For example, if your gift to Haileybury is £10 a month, Haileybury can claim £2.50 of Gift Aid. This means the actual value of the gift to the College is £12.50.
If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and the basic rate on your donation. You can do this either through your Self-Assessment tax return or by asking HMRC to amend your tax code.
Click on the 'Gift Aid and Tax Relief Table' link at the bottom of the page to see what tax relief you could claim on your gift to Haileybury.
We appreciate that tax has its complexities and can be difficult to understand. For full HMRC details of the Gift Aid scheme please click on the link at the bottom of the page.