Does your parish get the full benefit from Gift Aid?
Gift Aid enables basic rate tax to be reclaimed by charities registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on donations they have received, subject to certain terms and conditions.
The Government offers us two schemes to help charities maximise their income. The Gift Aid scheme we are familiar with. The newer, Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme (GASDS) is a Government spending measure rather than a tax relief.
Sue Warren, the Diocesan Gift Aid Adviser, is here to you understand and administer these schemes. Parishes registered in the diocesan ‘Gift Aid Lite’ scheme are given priority attention to enable regular, HMRC-compliant claiming.
Gift Aid Lite is a parish support scheme – offering Gift Aid administration and support for churches.
The scheme is explained in the Information Sheet. The benefits of the scheme to your church are outlined in the Gift Aid Leaflet. To join up, please complete the Application Form after PCC ‘joining’ approval has been given.
Manchester Diocese also operates an ‘Audit Inspection Scheme’ in liaison with the HMRC, as well as providing training, assistance and updates for Gift Aid secretaries and treasurers. With our help and support there is no reason for your church to struggle with keeping up to date with its Gift Aid claims.
For help, further information or to join the scheme, please contact The Gift Aid Adviser or Gift Aid Administrative Assistant.
What is the Small Donation Scheme?
The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) is intended to deal with ‘small’ cash donations without the need for declarations. It should be viewed as complimentary to and not replacing the need for Gift Aid.
This scheme enables churches to claim back tax on ‘loose’ cash donations without the need for any signed declaration from a donor. The scheme is subject to various conditions, but does increase your income.
The Small Donation Scheme can currently be used to claim tax relief on up to £8000 of donations per year (a maximum of £2000 tax relief). There are specific requirements for recording and vestry/cash sheets must be completed. It is essential to keep accurate audit trails.
The way claims are made and what can be claimed varies depending on whether you are a single church or have multiple churches. Appropriate tracker sheets are available to keep track of donations in your particular context. Please see the appropriate guidance.
The following documents will help your parish benefit from the scheme:
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