Gift Aid Declaration Change

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In response to criticisms from the charitable sector over the length and wording contained within the HMRC model Gift Aid Declaration, HMRC issued an updated model in October 2015. 

The new model can be accessed here.

The new model declaration is shorter, removes the explanation that income tax is not the same as Council Tax and VAT, and includes a clearer statement that if a donor has paid insufficient tax to cover their donations, then they are responsible for paying the difference to HMRC.

All charities that make Gift Aid claims are therefore required to update the wording and layout of all of their printed, web, text or oral declarations. The new declarations must be in place by 5 April 2016 at the latest, although charities are permitted to use up old stocks of old format printed declarations after 5 April 2016 if they were ordered and printed before 21 October 2015.

Existing declarations do not need to be replaced, the new wording only applies to new declarations received from 6 April 2016 onwards.

If you require any further guidance, please contact us.

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