Are you making the most of Gift Aid?
Date: Thursday 26th August, 2010
Author: Wendy Bambrick
Profile: Wendy Bambrick
A recent survey suggests that 4 in 10 charities do not maximise their gift aid claims due to administration and complexity of the rules involved.
A survey of 896 charities carried out by a group including the Charity Finance Directors Group (www.cfdg.org.uk), the Charity Tax Group (www.ctrg.org.uk) and the Institute of Fundraising (www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk) found that 81% of respondents would like to simplify the system by moving to an electronic database for storing Gift Aid declarations instead of the current paper based system and 93% of organisations would like to be able to file claims online.
Other ideas for simplification included changes to the current rules on auctions, sponsored events and donations through self-assessment tax returns.
If you need advice or guidance on the Gift Aid scheme, please contact us and arrange to speak to one of our charity tax specialists.
Please note that the opinions expressed in this blog represent the views of the author and not the views of Mercer & Hole.