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Gift Aid explained

Find out everything you need to know about Gift Aid.

  • What is Gift Aid?

    Gift Aid is a simple way to increase the value of your gift to Oxfam - at no extra cost to you.  If you pay tax in the UK, Oxfam can reclaim the basic rate of tax you have paid on your gift, which increases the value of your donations by 25%.  So, if you donate £100, it is worth £125 to Oxfam.

  • Do I qualify for Gift Aid?

    In order for Oxfam to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) at least equal to the tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.

  • How do I sign up to Gift Aid?

    The process is nice and simple - all you need to do is make a Gift Aid declaration. The easiest way is when donating online, tick the Gift Aid box on the donation form.

    Another quick way to sign up to Gift Aid is by completing a form online:

    Alternatively, contact us on 0300 200 1300 and we can set up a declaration over the phone or post a form out to you.

  • Can you reclaim gift aid on goods I donate to an Oxfam shop?

    Yes we can. Our great new Tag your Bag scheme means that every time we sell something belonging to you, we can raise 25% more from the government through Gift Aid - at no cost to you.

    Find out more about Tag your Bag

  • What does the Gift Aid declaration commit me to?

    Nothing! It just ensures that if you choose to donate to Oxfam, we can claim an extra 25% back from the government.

  • What is a Gift Aid declaration?

    A Gift Aid declaration is a statement by an individual taxpayer that they want a charity to receive the tax paid on their donation back from the government.

  • How long does the declaration last for?

    To simplify matters for both you and Oxfam, the declaration wording normally covers present, future and past donations. We can back-claim four years and we will continue to claim until you tell us otherwise, so long as you are eligible.

  • What do I do if my tax status changes or I want to cancel my declaration?

    To let us know if you stop paying tax or wish to cancel your declaration, you can either:

  • Can I claim Gift Aid on the funds I have raised?

    To claim Gift Aid on your fundraising, we must have the first name or initials, last name, full home address and postcode of each individual donor/sponsor. So please encourage them to tick the Gift Aid box on your sponsorship form when they sponsor you. Without these details we legally can't claim Gift Aid - so be strict with your supporters!

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