Streamlined Gift Aid for charity shops
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20 December 2012
- HM Revenue & Customs
New rules that will lift the administration burden for
charities claiming Gift Aid on the proceeds of donors’ goods sold by
charity shops have been announced by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
The new rules allow donors to make a one-off Gift Aid declaration that
covers donations of up to £100, or £1,000 of future sale proceeds, in a
tax year. The charity will need to write to the donor only when sale
proceeds exceed the amount.
Current rules require a charity to write to a donor before the charity
can claim Gift Aid on the proceeds from each sale, so that the donor
can confirm that they are UK taxpayers.
Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with the charity sector to
make Gift Aid simpler and less costly for charity shops. Gift Aid
income from these shops is important for many charities, and we want to
reduce the associated administrative costs as much as possible.”
The new procedures will apply from April 2013.
1. Gift Aid is a tax relief on donations of money by
individuals to charities. The donor must pay at least the same amount
of income tax or capital gains tax as the charity reclaims from HMRC on
2. In 2006 the charity sector devised a way for Gift Aid to be applied
to the sale proceeds of goods sold by charities on behalf of their
supporters. Instead of giving the goods to the shops for the shop to
sell, the shop sells the goods on behalf of the supporter. The shop
must then offer the supporter the choice of taking the money, less a
sales commission, or giving the money to the charity under Gift Aid.
3. The new processes, which are optional for shops and donors, allow
donors to authorise the gift of up to £100 of sale proceeds (for goods
sold by a charity operating the shop directly) or £1,000 of sales
proceeds (for goods sold by a trading subsidiary of the charity)
without the shop needing to seek the supporter’s permission to claim
the tax relief.
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