Treasury minister Damian Hinds will urge sector to work with government on Gift Aid scheme

Damian Hinds
Damian Hinds

Improving the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and simplifying the rules on donor benefit will be among the priorities of the newly appointed minister with responsibility for charity tax issues.

Damian Hinds, who was made Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury after last month’s general election, is due to make his first public appearance before the charity sector at the annual conference of the Charity Tax Group this afternoon.

In his speech, he will outline four areas in which the government and the charity sector can work together.

He will say the government hopes to launch a call for evidence shortly on how the donor benefit system works, with a view to making the rules simpler and more effective, and that it will continue to refine the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme, including an examination next year of how it works.

Charities have complained that the GASDS is too complicated and its complexity is deterring many organisations from claiming.

The final two priorities are continuing its work on giving intermediaries a bigger role in the administration of Gift Aid in response to the rise in text and online giving, and finalising a new model Gift Aid Declaration and accompanying guidance, which he will say will be announced soon.

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