The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) will be implemented from 6 April 2013.
GASDS allows eligible charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim Gift Aid style top-up payments on small cash donations without requiring the donor to provide a Gift Aid declaration.
The scheme applies to cash donations of £20 or less, received after 6 April 2013.
Charities and CASCs must meet certain conditions to qualify for thes cheme. If you do qualify, you could claim a top-up payment on up to £5,000 of small cash donations in a tax year – but this claim limit depends on certain circumstances. For example, your organisations must have successfully claimed Gift Aid for 2 out of the last 4 tax years to be able to claim under GASDS.
Most charities or CASCs can claim top-up payments on up to £5,000 of small cash donations they receive in a tax year, resulting in a top-up payment of up to £1,250.
The amount of top-up payments that you can claim under the GASDS depends on the amount you also claim under Gift Aid. For every £1 of Gift Aid donations that you claim on, you can claim on £10 of GASDS donations up to the maximum limit. This is called ‘matching’.
More information on HMRC website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/gasds/basics.htm
There is also a useful summary on Sandy Adirondack’s legal update website for voluntary organisations: www.sandy-a.co.uk/finance.htm#smalldonations
Read the Small Charitable Donations Act in full: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/23/contents/enacted