4. Small donations scheme
You may be able to claim 25% on:
- cash donations of £20 or less
- contactless card donations of £20 or less collected on or after 6 April 2017
This is called the Gift Aid small donations scheme (GASDS). You don’t need a Gift Aid declaration to claim.
From 6 April 2016, you can claim up to £2,000 in a tax year or £1,250 for earlier years.
Who can claim
Your charity or CASC must have claimed Gift Aid:
- in the same tax year as you want to claim GASDS
- without getting a penalty in the last 2 tax years
- in at least 2 of the last 4 tax years (without a 2-year gap between claims) if you’re claiming on donations made before 6 April 2017
What you can claim
Your GASDS claim can’t be more than 10 times your Gift Aid claim. For example, you can claim on £1,000 worth of donations through GASDS if you’ve received £100 of Gift Aid donations in the same tax year.
You can claim on donations that are eligible for Gift Aid, but not membership fees.
Collections in community buildings
If your charity has a community building (for example a village hall or religious building) you might be able to claim more on donations collected either:
- in your community building
- in the same council area as your community building, if you collected the donations on or after 6 April 2017
For somewhere to count as your community building, you need to have hosted at least 6 charity events there. The events must have all been attended by at least 10 people.
If your organisation is connected to another charity or CASC
If one of the charities has a community building, all of the connected charities can either:
- claim as if they had a community building
- share a single £8,000 limit - all the charities will need to write to HMRC to do this
If none of the charities have a community building, or you’re claiming for donations made before 6 April 2017, the connected charities must share a single £8,000 limit.
If your charity has merged with another charity or CASC you may be able to take on the other charity’s record of good claims.
You need to record the:
- total cash donations collected
- date of the collection
- date it was paid into a bank account
You’ll need to keep records of any contactless card donations that you’ve taken, for example receipts from your card machine.
For collections in community buildings you’ll also need to record:
- the address of the place you collected the donations (including postcode)
- the type of event
- the number of events you held
- an estimate of how many people were at the event
- when you collected the donations
How to claim
Claim under GASDS in the same way as Gift Aid.