Just wanted to remind the UK donors to make sure you are claiming Gift Aid where eligible. Gift Aid allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor. When a UK taxpayer gives a gift of money to a charity, tax has already been paid on that money. Because charities are exempt from tax, Just Giving can claim this money back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and give it to the charity.
When you donate, you will be asked to confirm whether or not you are a UK taxpayer. Just Giving will also ask questions to determine if your donation is eligible for Gift Aid. Make sure you say:
- NO to donating on behalf of someone else or a group of people
- NO to donating on behalf of a company
- NO to donating to a family member or friend doing an event where the charity is contributing to their costs
- NO to donating in return for goods, rights or services
(Obviously, if any of these situations apply to you, you'd say yes, but for most of the people donating to these charity drives, these situations will not apply.)
Answering these correctly will ensure the charity gets more of the donation!
Petrina from the Eden Dora Trust also wanted to pass on how amazing she thinks we all are!