Gift aid claims to be made easier

CLAIMING gift aid repayments will be quicker and easier for charities and sports clubs from April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

The department is writing to 110,000 charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) across the country informing them that, from April 22, they can enrol to make repayment claims online through the HMRC website.

The new service, called Charities Online, is being introduced in response to feedback from charities. They will be able to get information on how to use the system from the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/charitiesonline.

Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said: “The charity sector, and the invaluable services it provides to millions of people across the country, is as important as it has ever been.

“Charities Online is a significant step towards reducing the administrative burdens that can be a weight on charities.

“Claims will be processed more quickly, as well as saving on postal costs and delays. The service will be more accurate, with built-in checks.”

Separately, the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) is also being introduced in April. This will allow charities and CASCs to claim top-up payments on cash donations of £20 or less without the need to collect Gift Aid declarations.

Charities will generally be able to claim payments on small donations of up to £5,000 each year.