The role of Payroll in charities – Payroll Giving

Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme allowing anyone who pays UK income tax to give regularly to causes and charities of their personal choice, on a tax free basis.  It contributes to charitable donations, on a massive scale. Currently more than 1,093,000 people in the UK use the scheme to make a regular contribution to charity and in 2016-17 alone; analysis suggests that over £129m was donated to charity via Payroll Giving.

Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax, meaning that for every 80p someone gives, £1 will actually be donated. So fundamentally should someone want to donate £5 on a monthly basis, it will only cost the basic rate tax payer £4. For higher rate tax payers £1 is given for every 60p donated.

Donor pledge As a 20% tax payer you pay As a 40% tax payer you pay As a 45% tax payer you pay
£5.00 £4.00 £3.00 £2.75
£10.00 £8.00 £6.00 £5.50
£50.00 £40.00 £30.00 £27.50

Payroll Giving (also known as Give As You Earn or Workplace Giving) is a valuable, long term source of revenue for charities.  According to a 2017 statement from CAF, its payroll giving scheme had raised over £1.3bn for more than 20,000 different UK charities since it was launched in April 1987.

Another highly beneficial element to the scheme is that is allows for charities to plan ahead and budget more effectively.  As Payroll Giving donations are offered prior to you paying Income Tax on your wages, charities do not have to claim Gift Aid, which ultimately means less administration and the associated costs for them, so that they can get on with their crucial charitable work. Furthermore, many employers who use the Payroll Giving scheme offer to match your donation each month. This is a very easy way to double the gift to your chosen charity.

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