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Gift Aid FAQs

Want to find out more about Gift Aid? Read our frequently asked questions below.
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What is Gift Aid?
Gift Aid allows UK charities, like Nottingham Hospitals Charity, to claim back the basic rate tax already paid on donations by the donor. This means that for every £1 donated, we can claim back 25p from the government on your behalf, boosting the value of the donation by 25%.
How does Gift Aid work?
When a UK taxpayer gives a gift of money to a charity, tax has already been paid on that money. Because charities like us are exempt from tax, we can claim this money back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and put it towards funding projects at NUH Trust instead.
How do I make sure my donation includes Gift Aid?
It is really easy! Just fill in this quick and easy online form, or download a version to print and send it back to us.
What difference does Gift Aid make?
It makes a huge difference. If every one of our supporters filled in a Gift Aid declaration, we could claim back a whopping £1.25m every single year.
When is my donation applicable for Gift Aid?
We will only apply for Gift Aid for donations which we know are applicable. However, if you’re interested, we cannot claim Gift Aid when: 
  • Making a donation in return for tickets (raffles, events and auctions) or goods and services (including ‘experience’ days). This is because they are not 'freewill' gifts - you are getting something in return for your donation. 
  • Making a donation on behalf of someone else or a group of people. For example, if a friend gives you £10 which you donate to your Fundraising Page using your own card and details. Even if your friend is a UK taxpayer, the donation is not eligible because HMRC needs to know the details of the person actually contributing the funds. 
  • Making a donation on behalf of a company. You can only make Gift Aid declarations on your own taxpayer status when spending your own money. However, a company can claim tax relief on the donation when donating directly to the charity. 
  • Making a donation to a family member who's taking part in an event and their charity is contributing to the cost. For example, if you're donating to a close family member who is doing an overseas trek and the charity is paying for the cost of their trip.
What if I am not a UK taxpayer, or don’t live in the UK?
The Gift Aid scheme is unique to the UK. If you are not a UK taxpayer, you can still make a donation, but your donation will not be eligible for Gift Aid. 

A person living overseas can still claim Gift Aid provided that they are a UK taxpayer and can satisfy the Gift Aid declaration in the donation process.
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