Retail Gift Aid

Gift Aid boosts the value of your donated items by 25%

By saying ‘yes’ to Gift Aid when you donate items to a St Gemma’s Hospice shop we can claim back 25% tax from HM Revenue and Customs when we sell the goods. That means more money to fund patient care!


How does it work?

Gift Aid can only be claimed on donations of a sum of money. When you donate goods to us, HM Revenue and Customs allow the Hospice to sell the goods on your behalf. The proceeds from the sale can then be donated by you to St Gemma’s under the retail Gift Aid scheme.

When your items are sold, we’ll let you know (by letter or email) how much you’ve helped us raise and confirm that you’re happy for us to treat the money as a Gift Aid donation. We’ll then claim the extra money from HMRC – you don’t need to do anything. The great news is that the value of your kind donation of goods has been increased at no cost to you.


Gift Aid Form

By completing a retail Gift Aid form you have confirmed that:

  • You are a UK tax payer (you have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year). You understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. You understand that St Gemma’s Hospice will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you give.
  • If you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year it is your responsibility to pay any difference.
  • You wish St Gemma’s Hospice to claim tax on any other donations you have made in the last four years and all future donations you may make.
  • You wish St Gemma’s Hospice to act as your agent in selling the goods you have donated.


Once you become a Gift Aid supporter

You will be issued with a unique donor ID number which we use to label the goods you donate to identify them as donated by you. Labels are scanned when goods are sold and the till records all the sold items donated by you. We then contact you periodically to let you know the value of goods sold and confirm that we will be reclaiming the Gift Aid on this amount. This letter or email is automatically produced by our till system, keeping our administration costs to a minimum.


And, finally…

Please notify us if you want to cancel the declaration you have made, change your name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. Contact details are on the front of this leaflet. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

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