Gift Aid

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a government scheme which allows UK charities to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by you. This means that we can claim back 25p for every £1 donated from the government, on your behalf. This boosts the total value of the donation by 25%! All at no extra cost to yourself!

For example, if you donate £100 to International Relief Foundation and make a Gift Aid declaration, we will receive an additional £25 in Gift Aid making your donation worth £125.

To be eligible you must pay Income or Capital Gains Tax at least equal to the amount of Gift Aid all charities will claim on your donations otherwise you will be responsible for paying any difference.

You can tell us if you’d like us to claim Gift Aid when making your donation online or over the phone. You can also do this at any time by completing the form below or by calling our donor care team on 020 3667 3268.

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Frequently Asked

What is Gift Aid ?

Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to International Relief Foundation – at no extra cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK, International Relief Foundation can reclaim the basic rate tax (25%) on your gift. So, if you donate £100, it is worth £125 to International Relief Foundation.

Do I qualify for Gift Aid ?

In order for International Relief Foundation to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid Income or Capital Gains Tax (in the UK) for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) at least equal to the tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.

How do I sign up to Gift Aid ?

The process is simple – all you have to do is make a Gift Aid declaration. If you are donating online, just tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form. Alternatively, you can use the forms above to update your Gift Aid status. If you prefer you can contact us on 020 3667 3268 and we’ll send you a form through the post.

What is a Gift Aid declaration ?

A Gift Aid declaration is a statement by an individual taxpayer that they want a charity to receive the tax paid on their donation back from the government.

How long does the declaration last for ?

To simplify matters for both you and International Relief Foundation, the declaration wording normally covers present, future and past donations. We can back-claim four years and we will continue to claim until you tell us otherwise, so long as you are eligible.

What do I do if I my tax status changes or I want to cancel my declaration ?

To let us know if you stop paying tax or wish to cancel your declaration, please use the forms above or call us on on 020 3667 3268.

Can I claim Gift Aid on the funds I have raised ?

To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising, we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form when they sponsor you. Without these details we legally can’t claim Gift Aid – so be strict with your supporters!