You already know the rules and are running a good scheme in your shops?
I asked Phil Robson from Giftease, who is our gift aid expert and presenter at all our gift aid workshops this very question.
She talked to me about how Retail Gift Aid (RGA) was introduced in 2006/7and yet 12 years later there is still confusion around the rules.
Recently whilst working with gift aid she has seen confusion around things such as:
· No, RGA is NOT the same as a standard Gift Aid, one is for money only and one is for items to be converted to money.
· You can never retrospectively make a claim on an item already sold, so including “in the past four years” in an RGA declaration is both misleading and incorrect.
· That donors MUST own the items they donate and this must form part of the RGA Agreement.
· Asking a donor for their Date of birth is both intrusive and unnecessary and probably breaks the GDPR rules, as it is no part of the Gift Aid rules for either Standard or Retail Gift Aid.
It is important for anyone working in charity shops/retail to know that RGA requires both donor and charity to understand the Agreement, commission, net vs gross value, the correct Method for their charity, VAT implications, claiming Gift Aid on RAG and so much more…
Many charities believe how they operated RGA in 2006 is still valid. It isn’t. As part of HMRC compliance you must update the HMRC rules.
Our one day workshop ran in conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising South West will give you and your team a chance to make sure your knowledge is up to date and give you the confidence in your retail gift aid.