What is Gift Aid?
The Gift Aid scheme is important to the Parish as it yields over £12,000 each year to the Parish from the Government. This is a refund of the tax paid on donations by our regular donors. Each £1 we donate turns into £1.25 as a result of Gift Aid. Currently over 190 of our parishioners are part of the scheme, but we are always looking for more.
Gift Aid is very easy to join for any tax-payer. Just complete one form (a Gift Aid Declaration) available in the porch at the back of the church and send it to the Parish Office – it doesn’t even need to be signed! On the form you indicate your choice to donate either by weekly envelopes, provided by us with your own personal number for the Sunday collection, or through a regular standing order from your bank, easier for you and for us. Once completed and processed, your declaration remains in place and does not need to be renewed.
Gift Aid applies to all donations to the Parish and the Diocese, so this includes many second collections, as well your personal donations to Father Sean at Christmas and Easter.
At the end of each tax year you get a statement of your donations and the tax reclaimed on them. If you are a higher rate tax-payer, you can reclaim further tax from HMRC.