Comic Relief shares its Gift Aid software with other charities for free

Howard Lake | 14 October 2013 | News

Gift Aid promotion in the window of a British Heart Foundation shop. Photo: Howard Lake
Gift Aid sign outside BHF shop. Photo: Howard Lake

Comic Relief is making its Gift Aid software available to other charities for free on an open source basis to help the sector deal with the move to Charities Online, HMRC’s new system for claiming Gift Aid.
Comic Relief’s Gift Aid Interface Link software (GAIL) is already accredited by HMRC. Charities can now integrate it with their existing Gift Aid system to help them meet the new requirements regarding Gift Aid. From 1 October this year, charities that process batches of more than 1,000 claims must submit Gift Aid repayment data through HMRC’s Charities Online system
Comic Relief’s Business Director, Colin Simon, explained: “Comic Relief is a strong supporter of anything that makes claiming Gift Aid easier and more automated. Having developed this tool for our own use, and knowing it has the flexibility to work with other systems, we are pleased to share it with the wider sector.”
The code and terms of use are available on Github. The Windows software can be used now, a little earlier than Comic Relief had originally expected. Most charities will require a technology expert to integrate it with their system.
GAIL does not support the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

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