Donating to charity

When selling items on To Style A Mockingbird you may select a charity to donate all or a percentage of the proceeds of your sale to your chosen charity , please contact us here. Please read below for advice on how your donation may qualify for gift aid and for advice on tax relief on Charitable donations.

If you're a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your charity donations by choosing to donate through 'Gift Aid'.

How it works

As a taxpayer, you'll already have paid tax on any money you donate to charity. When you donate, the charity will ask you whether you want donate through Gift Aid – if you do, they'll be able to claim back the tax you originally paid at the basic rate of 20%.

Example

You earn £125 and £25 tax is deducted from this at the basic rate of 20%. This leaves you with £100. You then donate the £100 to charity through Gift Aid. The charity can claim an extra £25 (the tax you paid at basic rate) from the government to make your total donation £125. Make sure you've paid enough tax.

If you give through Gift Aid, you need to make sure that you've actually paid the amount of tax that the charity will claim back. Eg if you donate £100 in a tax year, you must have paid at least £25 tax over the year.

The tax could have been paid in the following ways:

  • income
  • savings
  • investments or rental income
  • 'capital gains'

Higher rate taxpayers

If you pay tax at the higher rate of 40% or above, you can claim back the difference between the higher and basic rate on the value of your donation:

  • through your Self Assessment tax return
  • by contacting HMRC and asking them to amend your tax code
Example

You donate £100 to charity through Gift Aid – they claim 20% to make your donation £125. You pay 50% tax so you can personally claim back £37.50 (£125 x 30%).