What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charities to reclaim tax equal to 25% of every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer (income tax or capital gains tax).
What do I have to do to Gift Aid my donation?
To join the scheme you will need to complete a Gift Aid declaration form in which you confirm that you are a UK taxpayer. This form only needs to be completed once.
How do I know if I am a UK taxpayer?
If you have a salary, savings, investments or a pension you may well be a taxpayer, so you can Gift Aid your donations.
Will this affect my tax status?
No. As a taxpayer any donations you make to St Mary’s have already had an element of tax deducted, usually by way of income tax. What the Gift Aid scheme does is recover some of the tax as a boost to your gift.
Do I have to tell the taxman about my donation?
Only if you are asked to complete a self-assessment tax form by the Inland Revenue.
Why should I Gift Aid?
It increases our church’s income. We should all use our resources well and this way is efficient and valuable; and at no additional cost to you. Every £1 donated via Gift Aid can be increased to £1.25.
What is the minimum amount I can give?
You can give any amount, large or small, regularly or one-off and the church can reclaim the tax. There is no lower or upper limit on your donation. It can be regular or one-off.
Decided to donate via Gift Aid. - What do I do next?
Please complete the Gift Aid Declaration (GAD), which can be downloaded below, and return it to the Gift Aid Organiser by email or via the Church Office. This form must be completed in order for the church to be able to claim Gift Aid on your donation.
The declaration asks you how you would prefer to donate: - either by monthly standing order or by weekly envelope.
Where currently many parishioners are sadly unable to attend Mass and offertory collections are suspended for health reasons, donation by way of Gift Aid envelopes will not be practical for some time to come. Consequently to keep the parish finances in good health to cover the day to day cost of running the parish and to cover the cost of scheduled maintenance donation via monthly standing order is more realistic.
For donations by monthly standing order please also complete the Standing Order Mandate, which can be downloaded below, and submit it to your bank. For those parishioners who bank online this can be set up more conveniently themselves. Your Diocese GAD number should be included as a reference and this will be advised to you after your Gift Aid Declaration has been returned to the parish.
What if my circumstances change?
If your circumstances change, you can stop, reduce or increase your donation, by simply informing the Gift Aid Organiser, in writing, of your change in circumstances
If you would like further information on Parish Giving and the Gift Aid Scheme please contact John Paremain (our Parish Gift Aid Organiser) by telephone on 01892 655616 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Gift Aid makes your donation go further at no additional cost to you!
All personal information, including sums donated, are in total confidence. The information is held securely on the diocese GiftWise System
Gift Aid Standing Order Form - Sep 2020 - with Bank Acc No.pdf
Gift Aid Declaration - Sep 2020 - with Parish Code.pdf