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Gift Aid explained

Increase the value of your donation by 25% with no extra cost to you.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid is a scheme that allows us to claim the tax you have already paid on your donations from HM Revenue and Customs.

How Gift Aid helps your donation to go further

The scheme allows you to increase the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost. We can claim the tax on individual and sponsorship donations made to the RAF Benevolent Fund. However, as Gift Aid only applies to gifts and donations, we cannot claim when:

  • people have been charged an entry fee
  • someone has made a purchase
  • someone has entered a competition
  • donors cannot be traced (i.e. such as collections)

For individuals, the Gift Aid rules require the completion of a Gift Aid Declaration form (PDF 36.5KB). This provides us with the minimum information required for us to be able to claim Gift Aid on your donation.

Donate through your Self Assessment tax refund

If you pay income tax at a rate of 40% or above, you can claim the difference between the basic and higher rate from HM Revenue and Customs:

  • Through your self-assessment tax return
  • By asking HMRC to amend your tax code

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