What is Gift Aid?

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Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer, which means your donations will be worth 25% more to us at no extra cost to you. If you Gift Aid your donations we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 you donate to the British Heart Foundation.

This additional income really does make a big difference, so please don't forget to Gift Aid donations if you are a UK tax payer.

How to Gift Aid your donations?

If you are a higher-rate tax payer you can also claim additional tax relief. For higher rate tax payers (paying tax at 40%) this works out as 25p for every £1 you donate and for the highest rate tax payers (paying tax at 45%) this works out as 31p for every £1 you donate.

What we need to claim Gift Aid

  • Your full name and home address
  • A donation made from a personal bank or building society account
  • We can't claim Gift Aid on donations from company accounts. The donation must be your own money and not the proceeds of a collection.
  • For you to be paying income tax or capital gains tax which at least equals the amount the BHF and other charities and community amateur sports clubs will claim in the appropriate tax year (6 April one year to 5 April the next).  This is currently 25p for every £1 you give.
  • Using the declaration form, we can claim Gift Aid on all your donations in the last 4 years and all future donations.
  • Once you have become a Gift Aid donor, please let us know if you stop paying tax or if you change your name/address so that we can update our records.

Donating goods

If you are a UK tax payer, we can increase the value of your goods compared with if you donated them to use to sell. Simply complete our Gift Aid form in one of our shops.

By signing up to Gift Aid for your goods, you will confirm that:

  • You wish BHF Shops Ltd to act as your agent in selling the goods and agree to a commission of 1% for this service. Any items not sold will be disposed of and cannot be returned. At the same time you agree to us keeping the net proceeds of the sale of the goods.
  • You are a UK tax payer and you wish the BHF to reclaim the tax on all donations you have made in the last 4 years and any future donations you may make. (To qualify for Gift Aid you have to pay income and/or capital gains tax which is at least equal to the amount of tax we and other charities and community amateur sports clubs you have donated to will reclaim in the appropriate tax year.)
  • You are not acting as a business in selling your goods.
  • Once you've signed up to Gift Aid the proceeds from the sale of your goods, we'll give you a Gift Aid Donor Card with your unique donor number. If you bring your card with you every time you bring goods to our shops, we can make your donations go further.

When  your items are sold, we'll let you know how much you've helped us raise and confirm that you're happy for us to treat the money as a Gift Aid donation. Then we can increase the value of your donations, at no extra cost to you.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Gift Aid, please get in touch on 0844 847 2787.