Give through your employer’s payroll giving scheme
Some employers operate a matching scheme – they will match what you give to a charity. Some companies restrict the type of charity, others the value they will give up to. This only applies if your employer runs such a scheme – your Human Resources department can provide details on this
Set up a Charities Aid Foundation Donation Scheme
Please see www.caf.org.uk for more information.
Bring your giving to church
At most of our services we pass a collection bag around. You can put cash into this or cheques. We are currently looking into a scheme that will allow you to use your credit or debit card if you have a certain app on your smart phone – watch this space.
The tax man allows us to claim Small Gift Aid Relief (at the normal gift aid rate of 20%) on anonymous cash donations less than £30. If you are a tax payer please put your gift into one of the yellow gift aid envelopes and fill in your details on the back – this will enable us to claim tax back on your gift regardless of the size and whether or not you have given by cheque or cash
Legacies & Bequests
Leaving a gift in your will is a practical way of saying “Thank you” to God for all the blessings we have enjoyed during our lives. Such giving contributes to the future activities of our Church.
All gifts to charities in a will are tax-free because gifts to the Church and other charities are deducted from the value of your estate when inheritance tax (IHT) is calculated. Currently (2016-17 tax year), IHT is payable on estates worth more than £325,000 at a rate of 40%. Moreover, if you leave gifts to a charity (including churches) in your will totalling 10% or more of the value of your estate, the rate of IHT you pay will be only 36%.
Inheritance tax can be complicated, and you are advised to seek specialist tax advice if your estate is large or your affairs are complex.