What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a scheme enabling a charity to reclaim the tax already paid by the donor on any donation it receives.

So, if you donate £10 to The SEED Project, and have already paid at least basic rate tax on that £10, we can claim back the tax you have already paid from the HM Revenue & Customs office. This makes your £10 donation worth £12.50 to SEED.

Who can use Gift Aid?

Anyone who pays UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax. What you pay in the tax year (6 April to 5 April) must at least equal the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to which you donate will reclaim on your gifts for the tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.

If you are unsure whether your donations qualify for Gift Aid tax relief, please refer to the HMRC website.

Higher rate taxpayers

If you are a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax you pay and the basic rate of tax we reclaim on your donation (gross).

You make this claim on your Self Assessment tax return.

For more info see the HMRC website.

Non taxpayers

If you don't pay tax, you should not use Gift Aid.

Count me in! How can I do it?

Make a Gift Aid Declaration. Please note that this must be made in the name of an individual taxpayer. If you are donating as a couple, please choose just one taxpayer for the declaration.

We suggest that by far the easiest way is to make a one-off or monthly donation online, via Justgiving. You will be given the opportunity to make a Gift Aid Declaration as part of the process.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to send a cheque or set up a standing order (please see our donate page for more information about ways to give), you can download this simple form, print, complete, sign and post it to our address.

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