Below is an excerpt from my article about tax relief on charitable giving, published in this month’s edition of the Seer Green & Jordans Parish Magazine.
Making a gift to charity, either during your lifetime or in your Will, will not only give you a warm glow of having done your good deed for the day; it will also benefit from lavish tax relief, designed to incentivise charitable giving.
Lifetime Gifts to Charity
Lifetime gifts to charity are immediately exempt from inheritance tax – there is no need to survive 7 years, nor to stay within certain allowances. In addition, the charity can reclaim income tax under the Gift Aid scheme, which increases the size of a taxpayer’s contribution without costing either the taxpayer or the charity an extra penny, meaning that your £1 donation is worth £1.25 to the charity.
If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, the news is even better – you can reclaim the difference between higher rate and basic rate income tax on your donation, so for every £1 you donate, you can claim back 25p in tax relief, in your tax return.
Charitable Giving in your Will
If you leave a gift to charity in your Will, there will be no inheritance tax payable on that part of your estate. If you leave 10% or more of your estate to charity then your whole estate will benefit from a reduced rate of inheritance tax at 36%, rather than the usual 40%.
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