George Gives to Charity; Kate Moore, Corporate Tax Manager Ktsowensthomas

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George Gives to Charity; Kate Moore, Corporate Tax Manager Ktsowensthomas


Byline: Kate Moore

CHARITIES were one of the few sectors to benefit in this Budget which was otherwise planned to be "steady as she goes".

As part of his pledge to simplify the tax system at every level, the Chancellor announced a number of reliefs aimed at maS king it easier for charities to reclaim the Gift Aid element of donations.

The Chancellor announced that instead of asking charities to submit a written record of every donation made, the Government will by 2013 pay for a much easier online system.

Mr Osborne also announced that the Government planned to introduce a new scheme allowing charities to claim Gift Aid on small donations, up to a total of pounds 5,000 a year per charity, without the need for donors to fill in any forms at all. This is designed to cover the Gift Aid on the contents of the collecting tin and the street bucket. The Government estimates some 100,000 charities will benefit to the tune of pounds 240m.

The Gift Aid benefits limits will also be increased so that individuals and the charities can still claim Gift Aid relief even if they receive a benefit from their donation.

Previously the benefit they could receive was capped at pounds 500 but this will now be increased to pounds 2,500. The benefits the exemption intends to cover include things like admission to historical sites and monuments free of charge to patrons of the charity. However, the increase in the exemption will give charities more scope to offer incentives to donors and it provides opportunities for charities to increase their appeal. …

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