Gift Aid It

Make your donations go further

The Government operates a scheme called Gift Aid that allows charities to claim the basic rate tax on every pound donated. So if you donated £100 to Elephant Family, it means that you’ll actually be giving us at least £125.

Gift Aid – the facts

  • For individuals, the Gift Aid rules require the completion of a Gift Aid donation Form
  • Gift Aid can be claimed on individual and sponsorship donations that are made to Elephant Family from a UK tax payer

Higher Rate Tax Payers & Gift Aid

If you pay higher rate tax, you can claim the difference between the higher rate of tax 40 and/or 50 per cent and the basic rate of tax 20 per cent on the total 'gross' value of your donation. If you want to receive the additional tax relief you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code. The SA Donate Scheme ceased from April 2012. This means that donors can no longer send a tax refund to a charity straight from their tax return. Donors can still donate their tax refund to any charity themselves and claim Gift Aid if the qualifying conditions have been met.