The church is a registered charity and as such can recover the tax already paid by you on the sums donated. For every £1 you give, the church receives an extra 25p from HMRC which is a not insignificant amount. The church can reclaim tax on all types of donations whether regular or not, whether offertory or second or special collections or a single one-off donation. It must be stressed that this is at no cost to you and, if you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can also recover an extra amount of tax to your own benefit.
If you wish to join the Gift Aid Scheme, you must complete the "Gift Aid Declaration" by clicking here. Please pass the completed form to the Gift Aid Organiser. The church can then reclaim the tax you have paid. There has to be a record of what you give, so we ask you either to use envelopes for cash, give by cheque or give by bankers order. The declaration will cover everything you give. If you pay tax at the higher rate, you can claim further tax relief on the difference between the basic and higher tax rates in your annual Self-Assessment tax return or by writing to your tax office.
A condition of the Gift Aid Scheme is that you must pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax equal to the amount of tax reclaimed by the church on your donations. Details of the total of your donations and the tax reclaimed will be advised to you at the end of each tax year. You may cancel your declaration at any time, for whatever reason, simply by notifying the Gift Aid Organiser in writing. The Gift Aid Organiser is Dee Davey click here to email.