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Making your donation worth more…Giftaid it

If you’re a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your donations to LAA by choosing to donate through ‘Gift Aid’. 

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How it works

As a taxpayer, you’ll already have paid tax on any money you donate to charity. If you sign a ‘Gift Aid Declaration’ we’ll be able to claim back the tax you originally paid at the basic rate of 20%.

Here’s an example:

You earn £125 and £25 tax is deducted from this at the basic rate of 20%. This leaves you with £100. You then donate the £100 to charity through Gift Aid.

The charity can claim an extra £25 (the tax you paid at basic rate) from the government to make your total donation £125.

In other words, LAA can claim 25p for every £1 you donation to the charity.

Make sure you’ve paid enough tax

If you give through Gift Aid, you need to make sure that you’ve actually paid the amount of tax that the charity will claim back. E.g. if you donate £100 in a tax year, you must have paid at least £25 tax over the year.

You don’t have to be working to pay tax. The tax could have been paid in the following ways:

Higher rate taxpayers

If you pay tax at the higher rate of 40% or above, you can claim back the difference between the higher and basic rate on the value of your donation:

Example

You donate £100 to charity through Gift Aid – we claim 20% to make your donation £125. You pay 50% tax so you can personally claim back £37.50 (£125 x 30%).

How to Gift Aid

If you have donated to LAA in the past, or plan to in the future, and pay tax then all you need to do is sign the gift aid declaration and post it back to us. We are able to claim for donations you have made in the past as well as today and in the future.