Budget Gift Aid software aimed at smaller groups

A new software package designed to help small and medium-sized charities to process their Gift Aid claims could help tackle the problem of unclaimed charitable tax relief, a charity treasurer has suggested.

GiftEase lite will split the process of making a claim down into five simple steps. It is likely to be marketed at less than £500 and is a pared-down version of the normal £1,500 GiftEase system.

Mary Banks, national treasurer at the Cat Action Trust, has been piloting the system and has used it to claim back more than £57,000 in the past year.

"This programme has completely reversed our financial situation and minimised the amount of stress I was having to deal with as a volunteer," she said. "It also means that HM Revenue & Customs will no longer be able to sit on hundreds of thousands of pounds in unclaimed tax money."

The issue of small charities not making the most of Gift Aid was highlighted in June when the Treasury launched a consultation to gather views on how the uptake of Gift Aid could be improved.

In a summary of responses to the consultation, published in December, the Treasury acknowledged that limited administrative and technical resources often led small charities to struggle with the administrative complexity associated with Gift Aid reclaims.

"GiftEase lite will be aimed specifically at the very small charity," said Phil Robson, director for client services at Third Sector Software, the company behind GiftEase. "Payment is not expected until the first claim has been made. We will also help charities if finance is an issue."

See www.gift-ease.co.uk for details.

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