Tax reliefs for charities and donors were worth £3.34bn in 2010/11,according to HM Revenue & Customs – an increase of 3.7 per cent on the previous year.
The figures include £1.1bn in Gift Aid, up from £1.03bn in the previous year, and £1.16bn in business rate relief, up from £1.14bn in the previous year. Reliefs for donors rose to £780m from £740m.
The largest personal reliefs were inheritance tax relief, up to £340m from £320m in the previous year, and higher-rate relief on Gift Aid, up to £350m from £330m.
VAT reliefs were estimated to be worth £200m, but this figure is rounded to the nearest £50m and has remained unchanged since 2003.
HMRC also restated the value of tax reliefs for the previous year, which it previously estimated as worth £3.05bn.