The U.K. Gift-Aid Scheme was introduced in 2000 to replace the Covenant Scheme.
It meant that anyone paying U.K. Tax could donate to a registered Charity resulting in that Charity being able to reclaim tax on that donation.
In the U.K. each Church is a registered Charity. Whilst our parish in the Diocese in Europe cannot be a U.K. registered Charity, our Diocesan Headquarters in London is registered (U.K. Charity Registration No. 250186), and so we can send donations to them and they recover the tax for us and credit our account.
Thus, there are three ways you can help our Church through the Gift-Aid Scheme.
1 A one-off gift with a sterling cheque.
2 A regular donation in sterling by Bankers Order
3 Placing your offering (Sterling or Euros) into the envelopes we have in Church.
We then convert the Euros into Sterling. (We keep the envelopes here).
All three are sent to our Diocesan Treasurer who claims the rebate from the Inland Revenue.
To participate, you must pay an amount of UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax at least equal to the tax that the Diocese in Europe reclaims on your donations in the tax year (currently 25p for each £1 you give).
If you do not pay U.K. Tax but would like to donate to your Church Funds on a regular basis you can do it through a Banker’s Order at your own Bank.
For further details, please contact either of our Churchwardens.