Gift Aid

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid allows charities to claim back the tax that has already been paid by donors as income or capital gains tax. This means that Seafarers UK gets an extra 25p for every pound donated. For example, if you make a donation of £50 as a one-off donation, in response to an appeal, as an In Memory gift or set up a regular payment and ‘Gift Aid’ it, Seafarers UK can claim an extra £12.50, or if you raise £1,000 and get all your sponsors to ‘Gift Aid’ their sponsorship, Seafarers UK could claim an extra £250.

How does it work?

Any UK taxpayer can make a Gift Aid donation. Once Seafarers UK has received the donation we then claim the tax back from the Inland Revenue. This does not cost the donor anything at all.

How do I go about it?

Gift Aid can be claimed on individual and sponsorship donations that are made to Seafarers UK.

In order to Gift Aid your individual donation please make sure to tick the Gift Aid box on your donation form or direct debit donation form. For any donations made over the phone or by text you will be asked about Gift Aiding your donation by our Finance Team or receive a text with a free link to a simple to use Gift Aid form.

For sponsorship donations you will need to get your sponsors to complete all details on the sponsorship form including their home address and postcode. Telephone numbers are also extremely helpful and the donor must tick the Gift Aid box indicating that they want to Gift Aid their donation. Without these details we are unable to claim Gift Aid. You must then return the completed sponsorship form(s) along with the donations to Seafarers UK who can use details from the forms to claim Gift Aid (unless indicated on the form, Seafarers UK will only use your sponsors’ details to claim Gift Aid).

If you have already made a donation to Seafarers UK and would like it to be gift aided, please fill in the gift aid declaration form and return to: Seafarers UK, 8 Hatherley Street, London, SW1P 2QT. Thank you.

Can everyone’s donation be “Gift Aided”?

Most donations can be “gift aided” as long as:

  • it is a single donation (ie not the proceeds from a raffle or sale)
  • the person making the donation is a UK taxpayer and has paid sufficient tax to cover the tax we can claim on the donation
  • the sponsor agrees to notify Seafarers UK if their circumstances change and they do not qualify for Gift Aid or they no longer wish the charity to claim the tax back on future donations

Are there any exceptions?

Seafarers UK cannot claim tax back on company donations. Instead, they should be given including tax (gross). The company can then claim back the tax when doing their annual accounts.

We know Gift Aid sounds complicated, but it really is worth it so if you do need more advice, give us a ring on 020 7932 0000.