IR pushes payroll donation scheme

Large UK firms are being urged by the Government to sign up to "payroll
giving" schemes.

Payroll giving enables workers to make charity donations from their gross
pay, before tax.

The Inland Revenue is encouraging employers to sign up by adding 10 per cent
to all donations until April 2003.

One employer benefiting from running a payroll giving scheme is Andersen,
which has more than 400 employees donating over £150,000 to charity each year.

"It boosts staff morale, improves employee relations and ensures
charities get more," said HR director Judith Hardy.

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