For example, a £10 Gift Aid donation, is worth £12.50 to the charity – and it doesn't cost you a thing.
Donations suitable for Gift Aid
You can declare Gift Aid to donations of any amount, large or small: cash, cheque, postal order, direct debit, standing order, debit or credit card or even in a foreign currency.
A single Gift Aid declaration can apply to all past donations you have made (since April 2003) and to all future donations you make.
Higher rate taxpayers
Higher rate taxpayers can reclaim the difference between the basic and higher rates of tax. You can reclaim as much as £25 for every £100 donated to charity, by including details of your Gift Aid donations on the self-assessment form.
If everyone gave tax-effectively, charities could claim an extra £900 million from the Inland Revenue each year.
Legacies and inheritance tax
Any financial legacies or bequests left to VSO are exempt from inheritance tax.
As VSO is a registered charity, any legacies donated to it are deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated.