Few people used Gift Aid to significantly reduce income tax liabilities last year

A request made under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that only 340 people gave away enough money under Gift Aid to reduce liabilities to less than 10 per cent

Gift Aid
Gift Aid

Only 340 people gave away enough money under Gift Aid in 2010/11 to reduce their tax liabilities to less than 10 per cent of their gross income, according to data released by HM Revenue & Customs.

The figures, released in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act by Grant Addison, operations managers of the Woodlands Church, also reveal that 1,200 people used Gift Aid together with other tax reliefs to reduce their tax liabilities.

The number of people who gave away enough to reduce their liabilities to 10 per cent or less had increased from 120 in 2006/07 to 340 in the past year.

Figures released by HMRC earlier this year showed that about 2 per cent of the 255,000 top-rate taxpayers in 2010/11, including about 6 per cent of those earning £10m or more, paid less than 10 per cent tax.

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