HM Revenue and Customs have introduced changes to the Gift Aid declaration on your charity website and charity literature.
The changes should have been made by December 2012, so if you have not checked through your declaration, it’s time to do so.
The aim is to ensure that charities give a full and correct explanation of the law to their donors before the donor makes the declaration.
The HMRC website explains:”The mandatory information on the forms ensures that the donor is making an informed declaration, and understands the consequences if they have not paid enough tax to cover all the donations they make under Gift Aid, not just those to one charity or CASC (Community Amateur Sport Clubs). By incorporating the required information set out in the guidance on the Gift Aid declaration form, charities can be certain that HMRC will not challenge the associated Gift Aid claim on the grounds that the donor gave a valid declaration.”
If you have a Gift Aid page on your website, you will need to make these changes immediately. The changes are outlined on the HMRC website along with an example declaration.
Call SCIP if you have any questions or need help in making the changes on 01273 234 049 or email [email protected].