NEW Gift Aid Videos and Guidance Notes
If your church claims gift aid through the Gift Aid Bureau Service of the Connexional Team, please read the guidance notes which have been emailed/posted to all Gift Aid Secretaries in April 2018.
You can also access these guidance notes under the Resources section below.
Still confused? No problem! We've also created a series of videos to help guide Gift Aid Secretaries through the process.
1. An introduction to Gift Aid
2. Completing the Excel Gift Aid Form
3. Completing the Paper Gift Aid Form
The Methodist Church is a charitable body that is able to benefit from Gift Aid donations.
If you pay tax in the UK, then Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to charity. For clarification on the Charitable Status of the Methodist Church, please see 'Charity Registration', and 'Charity Status' in the Minutes of the Annual Conference and Directory 2008, Page 164.
Can anybody give through Gift Aid?
Yes, provided that you are a UK Tax Payer.
How can I go about giving through Gift Aid?
It is probably best to speak to the Gift Aid Secretary for your church or circuit to discuss the procedure used. It is possible to make donations in cash, by cheque and by standing order. Special giving envelopes are used for collection plate donations to make it possible to identify who has made the donations and make the claims. It is all done in complete confidentiality.
How will my donation qualify for Gift Aid?
In order for your donation to qualify, you must:
- Be a UK taxpayer
- Pay at least as much Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax as the charity will recover on your donation in the tax year.
- Complete a declaration to indicate that you are happy for the Methodist Church to recover the tax on your donation(s).
There are standard forms that should be used and the Gift Aid Secretary for the Church or Circuit will be able to provide full details.
How much does the Church gain financially?
A donation of £10.00 under Gift Aid is equivalent to a donation of £12.50 to the church.
From 06/04/2016, following a change in rules by HMRC, any Gift Aid declaration issued by a charity will need to include the phrase:
"I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference"
We have therefore updated our Gift Aid declarations:
Declaration Form for Church/Circuit Use (Word Doc)
Gift Aid and GASDS guidance notes:
For Further Information
Please contact Methodist Church House, Tax Recovery Section, 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR.
Tel 020 7486 5502 (Reception)
The H M Revenue & Customs website www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities