Voluntary Sector: IoF to lobby for Gift Aid

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is to lobby for reform to Gift Aid to potentially net charities an extra £270m a year in tax-free donations.

The body for UK fundraisers wants charities to be able to reclaim the full amount of tax paid on a donation by higher rate taxpayers. Currently only the donors themselves can claim back the difference between the basic and higher rates on their contributions.

The IoF will be lobbying the Treasury and other government ministers, and will be calling on its 5,000 individual members to use their own political contacts to lobby for the change.

It will also seek support from opposition parties, especially targeting the Conservative shadow minister for the third sector, Nick Hurd.

The IoF will take the campaign to the party conferences in the autumn and will be pressing the Government and other parties to include these reforms in their manifestos.

Gift Aid brings in £947m per year to the voluntary sector.

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