|St. Oswald's Scottish Episcopal Church, Glasgow
In the March 2000 budget the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer said that he wanted to make it easier for people to give to charities more effectively. He therefore introduced measures to enhance the Gift Aid Scheme, which in the past was only for single donations of over £250, so that it could cover donations of any value made by a UK taxpayer, whether single donations or regular contributions.
As a result the Covenant Scheme will no longer be needed. Existing covenants can continue to completion but there will be no new Covenants. The Gift Aid Scheme will take their place.
The main change to the Gift Aid Scheme is to remove the necessity for witnessed signatures on legal documents before a donation is made. All that is required is that you complete a simple Declaration form, you can even do it after making a donation, giving the relevant details and permission for the Church to reclaim the tax you have paid on the donation you gave. The tax can have been paid either as income tax or capital gains tax.
If are a regular contributor using Weekly Free Will Offering Envelopes, and you are a taxpayer, then you can complete a Declaration and the Church will be able to recover the tax you paid on your contributions. A form is obtainable from the Treasurer. You can use these to make a quick one off donation, or put a donation in the open plate during a service. The Church will then be able to recover the tax you have paid on your donation. You don't even need to complete a whole form.
Attached to the Gift Aid Declaration forms as well as some notes that you should read, you will find a Standing Order mandate for the use of people who want to make regular contributions from their bank account.
You can send completed forms to the Finance Team or R Fleetwood who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Gift Aid Scheme, or to the Priest-in-Charge.
If you are a UK taxpayer and would like to make a single donation to St. Oswalds Church and wish the Church to be able to recover the tax that you have paid on your donation then send it to the Treasurer, at St. Oswalds, 260 Castlemilk Road, Glasgow G44 4LD, or to R Fleetwood, and include the following declaration:
Post Code .
I want St. Oswalds Episcopal Church, Kings Park Glasgow, to treat the enclosed donation as a Gift Aid donation.
I note that I must pay an amount of UK income or capital gains tax equal to the amount deducted from this donation.
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Gift Aid Scheme
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