Some Questions About Gift Aid
How much tax must I pay to be able to take part in Gift Aid ?
You can join the Gift Aid Scheme if you are a tax payer and pay tax at the basic or higher rate.
Lower rate tax payers (10%), including those paying tax on investment income, can also join providing they pay an amount of tax at least equal to the amount of any refund claimed by the Parish.
What if I have already signed a Covenant ?
Your existing Covenant will continue to be valid for the covenanted amount.
However, if you increase the amount of your giving and wish the Parish to benefit, you will need to complete a Gift Aid Declaration.
Do I have to make known my earnings ?
What if I stop paying income tax ?
Let us know and we will cancel your Declaration.
Who, in the Church, receives the tax refund ?
Your own Parish, unless you ask for it to go elsewhere.
Can I change the amount I give ?
Yes. You can increase or decrease the amount you give at any time without having to complete a Declaration.
Is Gift Aid confidential ?
Yes. Remember that the amount you give to the Church is confidential.
How much of what I give to the Church can be included in my Gift Aid Declaration ?
You can include everything you give in the Offertory Collection provided it is given in a numbered weekly envelope or by cheque or standing order.
Additional donations can also be included.
The Parish that receives your Gift Aid donations has to keep accurate records of receipt and the Parish Priest has to certify the amount you have given in the tax year before the Parish can reclaim the tax.
If both spouses pay tax, they should make separate Declarations for the amounts they give and they must use their own numbered envelopes. This enables accurate records to be kept.
What about Higher Rate Tax Payers ?
Higher rate tax payers will benefit through additional tax relief if they declare their Gift Aid Declarations on their tax return.
I am already giving to my Parish in the Offertory Collection. Will it cost me more to join the Gift Aid Scheme ?
No. You are not being asked to give more money or pay additional income tax. You are simply being asked to complete a Gift Aid Declaration so that your Parish can reclaim from the Inland Revenue the tax that you have already paid on your donations.
Where can I get further information ?
If you require further information about the new Gift Aid Scheme, please contact :