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Nearly half of gift aid claims now processed online

Some 45 per cent of gift aid claims are now being made using Charities Online, with six weeks to go to before HMRC withdraws the paper gift aid claim form.

HMRC revealed has that 19,000 charities have registered to use the system so far, but that as most charities make one gift aid claim per year many will not have needed to.

So far most charities making gift aid claims using Charities Online are opting for what is known as ‘option one’ – submitting an online claim form. Just 5 per cent of those submitting gift aid claims are doing so through their own databases and a similar number are using the new paper form for charities with no internet access.

Tom Latchford, founder of Raising IT, told civilsociety.co.uk that charities and software developers have been given an “unrealistic timeframe” to upgrade their databases and that he has needed to take on another member of staff to work on it. 

He added: “There is a lack of realisation and a lack of responsibility from the government in terms of getting charities and their partners involved in the process.”

An HMRC spokesman told civilsociety.co.uk that: “We expect only very few charities will be unable to meet the 30 September deadline, we are making individual arrangements with charities that have told us they can’t meet the 30 September deadline because they can’t upgrade their IT system in time.”

HMRC will be writing to all charities that have made a gift aid claim in the last three years and is asking charities to contact HMRC if their software provider is concerned about the 30 September deadline.     

 

This article was taken from Civil society Website