Gift Aid for Higher Rate Taxpayers

Are you a Higher Rate Taypayer (those with a taxable income between £43,001 & £150,000)?

or Additional Rate Taxpayer (taxable income over £150,000)? 


If you pay tax at a rate of 40% or above, you can claim back the difference between the higher and basic rate donation

You can do this:

  • through your Self Assessment Tax Return or

  • by asking HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to amend your tax code

Example 1:

Higher Rate Tax Payer at 40% (those with a taxable income between £43,001 & £150,000)

You donate £10,000 with gift aid

SongBird Survival can then claim 25% from the Inland Revenue, at no extra cost to you, which will boost your donation to £12,500

You can then claim back from HMRC the difference* (20%) between the rate you pay and the basic rate on your donation

Therefore you can claim 20% x £12,500 = £2,500

Making the cost of your £10,000 gift only £7,500 to you

Example 2:

Additional Rate Tax Payer at 45% (those with a taxable income over £150,000)

You donate £10,000 with gift aid

SongBird Survival can then claim 25% from the Inland Revenue, at no extra cost to you, which will boost your donation to £12,500

You can then claim the difference (25%) between the rate you pay and the basic rate on your donation

Therefore you can claim 25% x £12,500 = £3,125

Making the actual cost to you £6,875

This makes a £10,000 donation to SongBird Survival worth £12,500
and will only cost you either £7,500 or £6,875

You do not need to tell SBS what rate of tax you pay when you make your declaration

*Please note - You have to claim the difference back, SongBird Survival is unable to do this for you. For more information on how to claim back please visit www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/gift-aid

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PO Box 311, Diss, IP22 1WW

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