Online giving platforms welcome Finance Bill measure to simplify Gift Aid claims

The bill, published this week, includes clauses that would allow donors to complete one declaration covering all donations made through a particular intermediary

Gift Aid
Gift Aid

Online giving platforms have welcomed the inclusion in the Finance Bill 2015 of legislation that will make it easier for Gift Aid to be claimed on multiple donations made through the same intermediary.

The government announced in 2013 that it planned to introduce legislation that would give intermediaries, such as online giving platforms, a greater role in processing Gift Aid applications.

The Finance Bill, published this week, includes clauses that would enable donors to complete one Gift Aid declaration covering all donations to all charities they make through a particular intermediary, rather than one for each donation, as required by existing rules.

Background notes on the measure say the government wants to see Gift Aid claimed on as many eligible donations as possible.

"The measure is specifically targeted at relieving the need to receive a Gift Aid declaration from a donor for each donation an individual gives to charity through an intermediary," the notes say. "The process for donors of giving to multiple charities via a single intermediary will also be eased."

The notes say that the bill will introduce primary legislation to formalise the roles of intermediaries in the processing of Gift Aid, giving them a bigger role in processing Gift Aid claims on behalf of charities.

But regulations to implement the change will not be brought forward until 2016, the notes say.

Online giving platforms responded positively to the new legislation.  

Jo Barnett, executive director of Virgin Money Giving, said she welcomed positive changes that helped to raise more money for UK charities.

And a spokeswoman for the online giving platform JustGiving said she welcomed any measure that simplified the process for reclaiming Gift Aid.

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