GASDS is a new scheme being introduced in April 2013. It means that charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) can claim a top-up payment on cash donations of £20 or less without the need to collect Gift Aid declarations. Charities will generally be able to claim on small donations of up to £5,000 per year. Claiming for £5,000 of small donations will result in a repayment of £1,250 for the charity or CASC.
The GASDS is ideal for small cash donations received in collection boxes, bucket collections and during religious services. Charities and CASCs wishing to claim under GASDS will still need to make Gift Aid claims in respect of other donations for which they have a Gift Aid declaration in the same tax year, for example, on regular donations received from supporters. This is called the ‘matching rule’: every £10 of donations claimed under GASDS must be matched with £1 of donations claimed under Gift Aid in the same tax year.
Payments under this scheme must be claimed using the Charities Online service, through either, the online form, the database option or the ChR1 paper claim form.
Further details about GASDS will be published in March 2013.
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