Government will send details of Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme to 100,000 small charities

Treasury minister Sajid Javid says guidance on the scheme, which comes into force in April, will also be published shortly

Sajid Javid
Sajid Javid

More than 100,000 charities and sports clubs will soon receive a letter setting out details of the new Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, according to Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

In response to a written parliamentary question from Cathy Jamieson, the Labour MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Javid said that HM Revenue & Customs would be writing to all charities that had received a Gift Aid payment in the past three years to give them details of the new scheme.

The scheme, which will come into effect in April, will enable charities to claim Gift Aid-like payments on up to £5,000 of small donations a year without having to fill in paperwork for each one.

To make a claim, charities will have had to have made successful Gift Aid declarations in two out of the previous four tax years, and must have had a clean record with HM Revenue & Customs. They will also have to claim £1 in Gift Aid for every £10 they wish to claim through the GASDS.

Javid said more than "100,000 charities and community amateur sports clubs will receive a letter over the next few weeks". He said HMRC would "shortly be publishing guidance on using the new scheme".

He did not directly address a part of the question in which Jamieson asked for the dates and locations of roadshows "organised to publicise the provisions of the Small Charitable Donations Act 2012", which introduces the GASDS.

"HMRC operates a charities outreach team that engages with charities on all matters relating to their tax affairs, and this will include the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme," said Javid in his response.

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