The government has published a consultation paper on how to increase the level of Gift Aid take up on digital donations, such as those made online or by text message, as well as other improvements to Gift Aid.

Gift Aid is worth over £1 billion to charities and the consultation seeks views on how intermediaries might collect Gift Aid on behalf of charities and how the wording of the Gift Aid declaration might be improved. It also invites thoughts on a database of universal Gift Aid declarations and wider improvements to Gift Aid.

HM Treasury and HMRC officials will also be holding a series of consultation meetings over the summer to explore the proposals in more detail with charities, intermediaries and their representative bodies. Subject to space constraints officials will try to meet with interested stakeholders. Stakeholders interested in taking part in these discussions should contact us by email.

Links: Consultation on Gift Aid and digital giving