Increase to Gift Aid Small Donations limit approved by parliament

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Philip Veater
13 February, 2019


An increase to the limit on Gift Aid Small Donations, from £20 to £30, has been approved by parliament. This increase, as approved by the Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee in the House of Commons, will apply to individual donations at small collections from Saturday 6 April 2019 onwards, where arranging a Gift Aid declaration can feel impractical. 

In the 2017-18 tax year, 24,000 charities claimed a total of £34 million via the Gift Aid Small Donations scheme.

Robert Jendrick, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: "We estimate that 20,000 organisations ​will benefit from greater top-up donations as a result of the draft order... It will make a small difference to those charities and to all those individuals who put money on a collection plate ​in their local church or give to a small charity on the high street."

The news comes nearly a year after the government warned that charities were missing out on £600 million due to Gift Aid not being declared on eligible donations. 

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