New study seeks to simplify Gift Aid through technology

Research for the Charities Aid Foundation will examine how charities can bring in £750m in unclaimed tax relief

The Charities Aid Foundation has commissioned new research into how technology can be used to simplify the Gift Aid system and help charities to recover more tax relief on donations.

The study, to be carried out by independent think tank ResPublica, will examine how the Gift Aid system can be modernised and set out practical suggestions.

It will also consider how charities can recover more Gift Aid. CAF estimates that unclaimed relief stands at £750m a year.

John Low, chief executive of CAF, said charities had been calling for the simplification of Gift Aid since the Government first held a consultation on reform in 2007.

"We support the recent Government exploration of more radical structural changes, such as introducing a composite rate, but we have always believed that we also need modernisation of the system through the intelligent use of technology," he said.

The findings of the research will be released in the summer.

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