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Some charities fail to make proper Gift Aid returns

Some charities fail to make proper Gift Aid returns

has announced that claims for incorrect amounts under is one of the most common mistakes its staff come across in dealing with charities.

According to HMRC, one of these mistakes if for charities to enter the total donations collected rather than the total eligible amount.  If charities collect donations greater than the maximum specified amount for the year, (£8,000 from 6 April 2016) they should only enter the maximum amount rather than the actual amount collected.

Other errors include:

  • out-of-date GASDS claims
  • errors completing the paper claim form
  • claims for non-qualifying donations, for example, joint donations or company donations.

HMRC also published a free step-by-step online guide to help charities complete their Gift Aid donations schedule. The guide tells charities how to claim tax back on eligible donations, use the right software, complete the schedule, and fill in the form.

Earlier this year HMRC commissioned research on Gift Aid which estimated that donations are worth £8.9bn. The research also found that charities were losing out on £600 million of gift aid donations not claimed while £179 million is being claimed erroneously by people who don’t understand the requirements of Gift Aid.

 

 

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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