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3 January 2013

HMRC will be changing the way that Gift Aid repayments can be claimed. For some charities this will mean making a change to systems. Make sure that you have plans, and potentially budgets, in place to ensure that you will be able to continue to claim on time.

From April 2013 a new system for claiming Gift Aid repayments will start replacing the current R68(i) claim process. The “print and post” repayment form will be replaced with three new options for charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs to claim payments, with the options available largely based on the size of the claims.

On 30th November, a letter was sent in the post from HMRC to the nominated Gift Aid authorised official of the largest Gift Aid claimants. It included information to help charities take the necessary steps to prepare for the upcoming changes. The authorised official is sometimes the finance lead for the organisation, so if it is not you, then you should liaise with your nominated Gift Aid authorised official to ensure that your organisation has plans in place and you understand any implications of changes for your fundraising database. The changes will impact charities in different ways so it is important to understand what it means for your charity and produce plans, and in some cases budgets, for the changes.

We have prepared a briefing to help charities understand the changes and put plans in place. We will share further information with members when it becomes available from HMRC.

Official information is available at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/online/. HMRC plans to write to all charities in the New Year with further details about the upcoming changes.