Give with Gift Aid

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your generous gift

A Gift Aid declaration is a statement by an individual taxpayer that they want a charity to receive the tax paid on their donation back from the government.


What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid increases the value of your donation to Ethiopiaid – at no cost to you. If you pay tax in the UK, Ethiopiaid can reclaim from the government the basic rate of tax (25%) on your gift. This means that every £100 donation, is worth £125 to Ethiopiaid.

What is a Gift Aid Declaration?

A Gift Aid declaration is a statement by an individual taxpayer that they want a charity to receive the tax paid on their donation back from the government.

What does a Gift Aid Declaration commit me to?

It commits you to nothing. It just ensures that if you choose to donate to Ethiopiaid, we can claim an extra 25% back from the government.

Do I qualify for Gift Aid?

In order for Ethiopiaid to reclaim the tax you have paid on your donations, you must have paid income or capital gains tax (in the UK) for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) at least equal to the tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs that you donate to will reclaim on your gifts for that tax year. Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.

How do I know if I pay enough tax?

To be eligible for Gift Aid, you need to pay an amount of tax equal to the amount of Gift Aid we will claim. For example, if you donate £10 to us, you must have paid at least £2.50 in tax to be eligible for Gift Aid.

How long does a declaration last for?

To simplify matters for both you and Ethiopiaid, the declaration wording normally covers present, future and past donations. We can back-claim four years and we will continue to claim until you tell us otherwise, so long as you are eligible.

However, charity best practice recommends that we update your Gift Aid declaration every two years. So, you may receive communications every now and then asking you to update your Gift Aid.

We have a joint account – are we eligible for Gift Aid?

Yes, as long as at least one of the account holders pays tax and that person is identified as a donor making the donation. For example, if Mr and Mrs Smith have a joint account and only Mr Smith pays taxes, the charity donation should be made by Mr Smith and be under his record.

I’m a pensioner – am I eligible for Gift Aid?

As a pensioner, you are still eligible for Gift Aid if you pay tax on a pension plan, pay capital gains tax, or sell property or shares.

What do I do if my tax status changes or I want to cancel my declaration?

To let us know if you stop paying tax or wish to cancel your declaration, you can either:

– Complete our online Contact us form and update us on your status

– Contact our office on 01225 476385 or on

Gift Aid Declaration Form


I am a UK taxpayer and want to Gift Aid my donation and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to Ethiopiaid.

I understand that if I pay less Income Tax/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on my donations in that tax year, it is my responsibility to pay any difference.  

By submitting this form, you confirm your eligibility for Ethiopiaid to claim Gift Aid tax relief of 25p on every pound you give. This means we can make the most of your generous gift with a helping hand from HMRC.

In the future, if you want to cancel this declaration, change your name or address, or if you no longer pay tax, please let us know by emailing


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