Did you know that £560m in Gift Aid goes unclaimed every year? Read our very short Guide to Gift Aid to help your donation go further.

What is gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a scheme that enables registered charities, like Devon Air Ambulance, to reclaim tax on donations made by UK tax payers - at no extra cost to the donor

When a charity receives a donation from a UK tax payer, the charity is entitled to claim an extra 25% paid on that donation. For example, a £10 donation processed with Gift Aid becomes a £12.50 donation.

What do donors need to do?

All donors have to do is #tickthebox on the Gift Aid declaration form and the charity can claim 25p for every £1 given.

Once a donor has given their permission by filling in the Gift Aid declaration form, there is no need for them to do anything else.

Who qualifies to donate through Gift Aid?

For charities to claim Gift Aid on a donation, the donor must have paid UK income tax or capital gains tax that tax year, at least equal to the tax that the organisation will reclaim on the individual's donations.

Even if the donor is not currently employed they are eligible to make Gift Aid payments if, in the tax year in which they make the donation, they are paying tax on any of the following:

  • personal or occupational pension
  • stocks and shares
  • bank or building society savings accounts
  • rental income
  • overseas or UK investment dividends

Higher rate tax payers

Higher rate tax payers are entitled to claim the difference between their rate of tax and the basic rate on the total value of the donation. Individuals can claim the additional tax relief through their Self-Assessment tax return or by asking HMRC to amend their tax code.

Example for higher rate tax payer

You donate £100 to charity - they claim Gift Aid to make your donation £125. You pay 40% tax so you can personally claim back £25.00 (£125 x 20%).

What is Gift Aid Awareness Day?

Thursday 4th October is Gift Aid Aid Awareness Day, which has been created to help simplify the Gift Aid process for volunteers and donors and to help reduce the amount of £560m that goes unclaimed every year.

Ticking the box helps ensure each pound goes as far as possible. You can help us reduce the number of unclaimed £s that could be reaching the charities of your choice.

If you would like to donate, you can do so securely and easily here. Alternatively, you can donate items directly to your local Devon Air Ambulance shop