Supporting us means supporting over 80,000 people every year who are treated by your local NHS.
At the Royal Berks Charity, we pride ourselves on being able to help improve and enhance the experience of our patients and staff across our seven sites. Because of you, we are able to support new projects in a way that government funding wouldn’t allow; from purchasing the latest cutting-edge equipment to helping us ensure our staff receive the support they need to do the best job possible.
As an NHS charity, we rely on donations to fund our work. This means what we do really is only possible thanks to the generosity and support of people from our local communities. Every donation helps to support the incredible NHS staff at our hospitals and enhance the level of care we provide to thousands of patients and their families every year.
Ways to donate
Gift Aid explained
Gift Aid is a great scheme which benefits registered charities. If you are a Higher Rate Taxpayer, donating can also benefit you. The gift aid scheme is run by HMRC and is a great way for both charities and the people that donate to financially benefit at the same time.
Gift aid is good for charities!
If a donation is made by a donor who is part of the Gift Aid Scheme then the charity can claim an extra 25p for every £1.00 donated from the government.
You donate £100.00
Charity claims 25% Gift Aid – total donation is now worth £125.00.
Gift aid if you are a higher rate taxpayer:
If you are a Higher or Additional Rate taxpayer, then you can claim the difference between your tax rate (40% or 45%) and the basic rate of tax (20%) on your total charitable donation.
You pay Higher Rate tax at 40%
You donate £100.00
Charity claims Gift Aid – total donation now worth £125.00
You claim back – £25.00 (20% of £125.00)
Gift aid and what you have to do:
- Register for Gift Aid – this is called a ‘Gift Aid Declaration’ and authorises the charity to claim its Gift Aid amount on your donation (they cannot claim without it).
- Donate no more than four times your total income or capital gains tax payment for that tax year.
- Check the charity or CASC is recognised.
- Keep a record of all your Gift Aid donations.
How to Claim your Higher Rate Gift Aid tax rebate:
You can either ask HMRC to change your tax code to account for your Gift Aid tax relief. Or, you simply fill in the net amount you donated in the relevant section of your self assessment tax return. Your accountant should ask for your gift aid information before completing your tax return each year.
If you completed your own tax returns and haven’t included your donations you can go back and amend your previous tax returns.
If you are not already in self assessment you don’t need to register just because you want to claim tax relief on your gift aid payments.
Payroll Giving and Limited Company donations are not part of the Gift Aid Scheme and tax relief cannot be reclaimed on these amounts.