Giving more with Gift Aid

 

 

Right now, there are thousands of animals in distress and danger. With your incredible support, we're doing everything we can to rescue them before it's too late. Will you help us get there sooner? There's a simple way to make your donations even more valuable today. 

By ticking yes to Gift Aid, your donations are worth 25% more, at no extra cost to you.


 

 

Your donations can help even more animals, at no additional cost to you! If you are a UK taxpayer*, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will give the RSPCA another 25p for every £1 you give when you opt in to Gift Aid.

Thousands of people have already ticked the box. Will you add your tick today? Together, we can rescue, rehabilitate, rehome, and release more animals. Just click the button below - it only takes a tick. 


 

*If you pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, it is your responsibility to pay any difference."

 

In just a tick, you could help rescue an animal like Hubble before it's too late.

When an animal's life is in danger, every moment counts. One-year-old seal Hubble was running out of time as she lay stranded on Camber Sands beach. She was unable to move and had blood around her face. Thankfully, our animal rescue officers were quickly on the scene and took Hubble to the RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre for urgent care. Our vets discovered Hubble had been suffering from lungworm and gave her the treatment and rehabilitation she needed to make a full recovery and swim back out to sea. 

Help us reach more suffering animals as quickly as possible, tick the box for Gift Aid today.

How could gift aid help? If you were to donate £100 over the year, that could cover the cost of a specialist vet for two days. When you tick the box to Gift Aid, we get a boost of £25 in additional funds from the taxman, at no additional cost to you. This could buy some tasty fish for seals like Hubble to help expedite their recovery.

 

Gift Aid FAQs 

Q. What is Gift Aid? 

A. Gift Aid is a government scheme that helps your support go further. If you're a UK taxpayer and opt-in to Gift Aid, the RSPCA can claim an extra 25p for every £1 donated, at no extra cost to you. That's as long as you've paid the basic rate of tax and make the donation from your own funds. That means Gift Aid can increase the value of your donations by 25%, making your donations go further for the causes you care about. 

Q. How does Gift Aid help the RSPCA do more for animals?

A. Gift Aid helps us do more vital work rescuing, rehabilitating, rehoming and releasing animals back into the wild. With this extra support, we can also push for welfare reform, improving standards of care for animals on farms, in labs, in the wild, in paddocks, and in homes.

Q. How is Gift Aid calculated?

A. The RSPCA can claim Gift Aid when you make a monetary donation from your own funds and have paid UK Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax during that tax year. To qualify for Gift Aid, the amount of tax you pay needs to be at least equal to the value of Gift Aid the RSPCA will claim on your donation(s). If circumstances change and you no longer pay enough tax, it's important to tell all the charities you support. If you don't tell them and they continue claiming Gift Aid, you'll need to pay any difference back to HMRC. 

Q. I'm a pensioner, can I still tick the box for Gift Aid?

A. You are eligible for Gift Aid if you have paid enough tax this year to cover the amount we are reclaiming on your donations. Income from state pensions alone is unlikely to meet this threshold, but if you are still paying tax on a private pension plan, savings account, or capital gains this may mean you still qualify for Gift Aid.

Q. How can I make sure I've paid enough tax to use Gift Aid?

A. You can use Gift Aid if the amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax you've paid in any tax year (from 6 April one year to 5 April the next) covers the amount of tax we will reclaim on your donations. For advice on how to check if you've paid enough tax to use Gift aid, please visit the HMRC website.

Q. Will I have to pay anything extra? 

A. No. We claim Gift Aid from the tax you have already paid, so there are no hidden charges to you. But it is important to be aware that if you pay less income Tax or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year, then it is your responsibility to pay any difference. Ticking the box for Gift Aid does not change your tax status.

Q. What If I'm a higher rate taxpayer?

A. If you pay a higher rate tax, you can also claim the difference between the higher rate of tax (40%) and the basic rate (20%) on the total (gross) value of your donation. For more information on claiming back higher rate tax please visit the HMRC website.

Q. What if I've already signed up for Gift Aid for another charity?

A. That's absolutely fine. You can Gift Aid your donations to multiple charities, as long as you pay enough tax to cover the amount the charities will reclaim. 

Q. I am no longer a UK taxpayer. How do I cancel my Gift Aid? 

A. If you no longer pay sufficient tax and wish to cancel your Gift Aid declaration, our Supporter Services team will be happy to help you. You can reach them by phone on 0300 123 0346 (9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday), by emailing supportercare@rspca.org.uk, or by post at: RSPCA, Supporter Services, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9RS

If you would like any more information about Gift Aid, please visit the GOV.UK website.

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