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Tax-effective giving

Gift Aid 

Giving shares

Payroll giving

Making a multi-year commitment

Leaving money to charity in your will

Where to get further information

Gift Aid

Gift Aid is one of the simplest and most effective ways of giving to charity. It is a scheme introduced by the HM Revenue & Customs, which allows us to reclaim the basic rate tax you pay as a UK taxpayer. Currently that's at least an additional 25p for every £1 you give at absolutely no extra cost to you!

If you are a higher rate taxpayer we are able to claim the basic rate of tax on your donation. However, you are able to reclaim the additional difference yourself through your tax return, or you may choose to donate it back to the British Red Cross by completing the information on your form. All you have to do is remember to include details of your charitable gifts on your tax form.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible for donating by Gift Aid, or simply want more information, contact the HM Revenue & Customs directly by calling their Gift Aid helpline on 0151 472 6038 or visiting www.hmrc.gov.uk. Alternatively please visit our Gift Aid your donations page.

Giving shares

Donating your shares has never been easier. Since 6 April 2000, individuals can now get income tax relief in addition to the capital gains tax relief on gifts of shares or securities to Charities. This means as a donor you will get tax relief on the full market value of the shares at the date of sale or transfer.

The shares can either be

  • transferred into the name of the British Red Cross Society using a stock transfer form
  • sold on behalf of the charity by the donor.

In both cases evidence of the transaction needs to be provided to the revenue on the donor’s annual tax return before tax relief can be applied.

For more information on share giving see Inland Revenue website which offers an overview on giving land, buildings, shares and securities to charity. Alternatively, please read our information on share giving (PDF) and tax effective giving (PDF).

Payroll giving

Donating through payroll giving is a tax effective way to support our work. Because your donation is taken from your salary before tax is deducted, it costs you less and the Inland Revenue gives us the tax it would otherwise have kept.

For further information please visit the Payroll giving page or to find our more about payroll giving through the 'Give As You Earn' scheme, visit the Inland Revenue website.

Making a multi-year commitment

Multi-year funding gives us the opportunity to plan for the future and ensure money is available where it is needed most. Multi-year funding means a consistent, predictable income so we can plan and budget better and be more efficient. This allows us to build projects that will establish and secure improvements in the lives of the people we help over several years.

Leaving money to charity in your will

Charitable legacies are paid before tax is deducted and therefore offers you a way of reducing the total amount of inheritance due from their estate.

Where to get further information

We would advise all donors to seek independent advice when making major decisions relating to personal financial and a taxation situation. For further information see the following:

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