Is all gift aid the same - do you and your team know the differences?
One question we are often asked is “Can you use Retail Gift Aid declarations for monetary donations, or Gift Aid declarations used for monetary donations for Retail Gift Aid?”
The short answer to this is – No
The Retail Gift Aid Scheme is a unique form of Gift Aid, difficult to audit so subject to stringent audit rules and regulations. Because it only relates to the donation of second-hand goods, clothes and furniture, it has its own Gift Aid “declaration” relating to donated items, which as part of the HMRC audit process is supposed to give HMRC confidence that both the charity and the donor understand the rules surrounding this scheme.
Rules for this scheme are regularly reviewed by HMRC and your knowledge needs to remain up to date.
Retail Gift Aid can seem very cumbersome with far too many rules, putting off charity shop volunteers and retail managers, for charities who do operate retail Gift Aid there is always the concern the rules are being broken.
We are running a one day workshop in Exeter
, bringing Phil Robson from Giftease to the South West so that you and your team have the opportunity to remain up to date and knowledgeably.
Our one day workshop covers:
· Retail Gift Aid essentials: Rules and latest updates
· Selecting the best Gift Aid method for your organisation
· How to make your literature work for you
· Gift Aid and the RAGS (recycling) scheme
· Ebay and Gift Aid
· How to engage volunteers
· The rules on notifying the donor
· How to pass an HMRC RGA Audit
Delegates will be asked to complete a pre-workshop questionnaire to establish level of Gift Aid knowledge for the group. Lunch and handouts will be provided and a certificate of attendance will be issued to delegates who actively participate in the workshop – this can be used as part of your audit to evidence training.