Institute of Fundraising to investigate Gift Aid opt-out for donors

Change 'would be justified' if new system generated extra cash for charities

The Institute of Fundraising will survey third sector organisations in order to identify the full potential of using an 'opt-out' system for Gift Aid.

Information collected by the survey will be used in a bid to persuade the Government of the merits of using a system for Gift Aid in which charities can claim back tax on donations unless the donor says no or is not a UK taxpayer.

Lindsay Boswell, chief executive of the institute, said: "The survey will gather evidence from a range of charities and relevant stakeholders to establish if such a system is feasible and if it will generate sufficient extra income to justify a change."

A number of other organisations are working with the institute on the project, including chief executives body Acevo, the NCVO, the Charities Aid Foundation, the Charity Finance Directors' Group and the Charity Tax Group.

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