Tax bonus boosts giving via payroll

The number of people giving to charity through Give As You Earn has
increased by 23 per cent since April 2000, reveals research.

The UK’s largest scheme for tax-free payroll giving saw donations top £50m
for 2001-02.

A survey by the Charities Aid Foundation examines the impact of radical
changes made by the Government to payroll giving.

These include removing the £100 monthly ceiling and adding a 10 per cent
bonus to all payroll donations until April 2003.

According to the survey, nearly half of high-level donors taking part in the
scheme have joined since the changes were introduced – boosting the average
annual donation among this group by 71 per cent to £2,396.

More than half of those donating state that the tax changes has made an
impact on their giving. Nearly two-thirds of these had switched from other
forms of tax-effective giving and almost a quarter of those previously donating
up to the £100 monthly limit have increased their contributions still further.

Jenny Byers, CAF’s executive director for donor services, called for an
extension of the 10 per cent bonus on payroll giving.

"The dramatic growth brought about by the April 2000 changes can’t be
ignored. CAF is already working alongside other leading voluntary sector bodies
to ensure we build on this success and finally begin to realise the incredible
potential of payroll giving," she said.

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