Each year the parishioners and friends of St Thomas the Apostle make a massive donation to the Inland revenue through PAYE, pensions and interest on investments. Nobody really likes the idea of paying tax so when the Government provides a way of claiming some of it back for the benefit of a cause close to your heart, surely it should be grasped with both hands.
By completing and signing a Gift Aid from your weekly donations to the Parish, the Inland Revenue will automatically add 28p for every £1 you give in the offertory collections.
If you are paying income tax you can take advantage of this scheme and join the ranks of our Gift Aiders. Please contact the Parish Office for a form.
If you are still undecided and want more information please read on….
How does it work?
The way it works is simple…. the Inland Revenue will give back to the Parish the tax paid by the giver on the amount of their donation. This is money which you have already paid on your regular in your regular weekly offertory and will enable the Parish to claim 28p for every pound you donate.
Does it affect my tax status?
There is nothing to fear about taking out a Gift Aid. The Inland Revenue will not change your tax position in anyway. The only condition to bear in mind is that when you make the Gift Aid you must consider whether you do indeed pay any tax or not. This tax need not be simply on your regular weekly wage or monthly salary, but can be on your pension or any lump sum investment you hold, such as a building society account. Contact the Parish Office if you have any queries.
I already have a Gift Aid with another organisation so that rules me out doesn’t it?
No it doesn’t! As long as you have paid enough tax in the tax-year to cover the amount you claimed back from all organisation you wish to Gift Aid, you can Gift Aid to as many organisations as you wish.
PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING OUT A GIFT AID – IT WILL HELP THE PARISH ENORMOUSELY. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GIFT AID, PLEASE OBTAIN A FORM FROM THE PARISH OFFICE . THANKS