Churches win Gift Aid con­ces­sion

The Church of England - - NEWS -

A NEW word­ing for the Gift Aid dec­la­ra­tion was un­veiled re­cently by the tax­man, but now, af­ter fears that churches would lose out, it has been an­nounced that the ex­ist­ing Gift Aid en­velopes can be used be­yond next April.

HMRC want new word­ing to be used, but this raised con­cerns by parishes that cur­rently have thou­sands of the en­velopes in stock and could end up as waste.

A cam­paign was launched, gath­er­ing over 700 sig­na­tures. The scheme ben­e­fits the Church of Eng­land by £80mil­lion in tax re­bates a year.

As a re­sult last Fri­day HMRC an­nounced an ex­ten­sion, but only for churches. They will be al­lowed to use up their cur­rent stock (so long as they were or­dered be­fore 21 Oc­to­ber 2015).

Other char­i­ties that use the Gift Aid dec­la­ra­tion will still have to use the new word­ing.

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