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Payroll Giving - Frequently Asked Questions

What is payroll giving? 
Payroll giving is a tax effective way to donate to our charity. This means that you make your donation straight from your salary, or occupational pension, before tax. The end result is that costs the individual up to 40% less. For example, if you donate £15, the actual cost to you will be £9 (based on a higher rate tax payer). 

Why is it a good idea? 
It is easy, effective and it costs you less! For a higher rate taxpayer, payroll giving is the ONLY way that a charity can automatically receive all your tax on your charitable donation. 

How can I sign up? 
You can sign up by downloading the form now or by approaching your employer direct - your payroll department should have the form that you would need to fill in. If not, please see 'What does my employer need to do?' below.

What does my employer need to do? 
Implementing Payroll Giving is a simple and quick process. Your employer needs to register with an HM Revenue & Customs approved Payroll Giving Agency and have the facility to make pre-tax deductions on your payroll system. 

If your employer is not signed up to a payroll giving agency, it is very easy for them to do so. Payroll Giving advisory agencies such as the Charities Trust would be able to talk your payroll team through the process, and your employer can read more about it on the HM Revenue and Customs website, which includes tips, success stories and reasons for your employer to set up a payroll giving scheme. 

You complete a donation form, which is passed to your payroll department and they set up a pre-tax deduction from your salary. This deduction is sent to the payroll giving agency your employer is registered with and they send the donations on to the destination charities. Donations have to go through this channel to provide an audit trail for HMRC. 

What if I want to change my donation? 
Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme. You can change your donation amount, add new charities or cancel donations when you wish. 

What are the benefits of donating via payroll giving? 
Payroll giving is easy, flexible and it costs you less. Payroll giving makes it easy to manage your donation - as the gift is deducted before tax, you never have to worry about paying it. 

Your payroll gift is also extremely valuable to our lifesaving charity. Your regular support means that we can plan long-term projects. As payroll giving costs you less, it also means that our supporters can afford to give more, which makes a vital difference to saving lives. 

Why not ask your employer if they will match your gift?


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