The Donations to Charity (Gift Aid Declarations) Regulations 2016

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2016/1195

2016No. 1195

INCOME TAX

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

The Donations to Charity (Gift Aid Declarations) Regulations 2016

Made7thDecember2016

Laid before the House of Commons8thDecember2016

Coming into force6thApril2017

The Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 132 and 133 of the Finance Act 1999( 1) and now exercisable by them( 2), and section 428 of the Income Tax Act 2007( 3).

PART 1

GENERAL AND INTERPRETATION

Citation, commencement and effect

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Donations to Charity (Gift Aid Declarations) Regulations 2016 and come into force on 6th April 2017.

(2) These Regulations have effect in relation to gifts made on or after 6th April 2017.

Interpretation

2. In these Regulations—

‘the 2000 Regulations’ means the Donations to Charity by Individuals (Appropriate Declarations) Regulations 2000( 4),

‘HMRC’ means the Commissioners for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs,

‘donor’ means an individual who makes a gift to a charity,

‘donor intermediary’ means a person who is or was authorised by a donor to give a gift aid declaration on behalf of that donor to a charity,

‘ITA 2007’ means the Income Tax Act 2007, and

‘tribunal’ means the First-tier Tribunal or, where determined in accordance with the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Tax Chamber) Rules 2009( 5), the Upper Tribunal.

PART 2

GIFT AID DECLARATION

Amendment of the Donations to Charity by Individuals (Appropriate Declarations) Regulations 2000

3.—(1) In regulation 1(2) of the 2000 Regulations (effect)—

(a) in sub-paragraph (a) after ‘6th April 2000’ insert ‘and on or before 5th April 2017’, and

(b) in sub-paragraph (b) for ‘that date’ substitute ‘6th April 2000’.

(2) The amendment made by paragraph (1)(a) shall not prevent an appropriate declaration, given under regulation 4 of the 2000 Regulations on or before 5th April 2017 and which is capable of relating to gifts made after that date, from applying to such gifts. This is subject to paragraph (3).

(3) Regulations 5, 6 and 7 of the 2000 Regulations continue to apply to a declaration referred to in paragraph (2) on and after 6th April 2017. Regulations 9, 10 and 11 of these Regulations do not apply to such a declaration.

Manner in which a gift aid declaration may be given

4.—(1) A gift aid declaration may be given—

(a) by a donor to a charity, or

(b) by a donor intermediary to a charity,

(2) A gift aid declaration may be given in writing or orally, including the use of written or oral methods of electronic communications.

Gift aid declaration given by a donor

5.—(1) A gift aid declaration given by a donor under regulation 4(1)(a) must—

(a) contain the name and home address of the donor,

(b) name the charity (or be made in circumstances where the charity is identified),

(c) identify the gift or gifts to which the gift aid declaration relates, and

(d) confirm that the identified gift or gifts are to be qualifying donations for the purposes of section 416 of ITA 2007( 6) (meaning of qualifying donation).

(2) An explanation of the effect of section 424 of ITA 2007( 7) (charge to tax) must be given to the donor at the time the gift aid declaration in paragraph (1) is given in order for the gift aid declaration to have effect for the purposes of the Income Tax Acts (subject to paragraph (3) and regulations 10 and 11).

(3) A donor is entitled to cancel the gift aid declaration referred to in paragraph (1) by giving notice to the charity.

(4) The notification under paragraph (3) may be given in writing or orally, including the use of written or oral methods of electronic communications.

Gift aid declaration given by a donor intermediary

6.—(1) A gift aid declaration given by a donor intermediary on behalf of a donor under regulation 4(1)(b) must—

(a) contain the name and home address of the donor,

(b) name the charity (or be made in circumstances where the charity is identified),

(c) identify the gift to which the gift aid declaration relates, and

(d) confirm that the identified gift is to be a qualifying donation for the purposes of section 416 of ITA 2007.

(2) Before giving a gift aid declaration a donor intermediary must have—

(a) been authorised by the donor to give a gift aid declaration on behalf of the donor, and

(b) given an explanation of the effect of section 424 of ITA 2007 to the donor,

in order for the gift aid declaration to have effect for the purposes of the Income Tax Acts (subject to paragraph (5) and regulation 10).

(3) A donor intermediary must obtain the authorisation referred to in paragraph (2)(a) and provide the explanation referred to in paragraph (2)(b) in every tax year in which it gives a gift aid declaration on behalf of the donor. This is subject to paragraph (4).

(4) Paragraph (3) does not apply in respect of a tax year if the donor intermediary obtained the authorisation referred to in paragraph (2)(a) and gave the explanation referred to in paragraph 2(b) on or after 1st March in the immediately preceding tax year.

(5) A donor is entitled to cancel the authorisation referred to in paragraph (2)(a) by giving notice to the donor intermediary.

(6) The notification under paragraph (5) may be given in writing or orally, including the use of written or oral methods of electronic communications.

(7) Where a donor notifies a donor intermediary under paragraph (5), the authorisation ceases to have effect from the date on which the donor intermediary receives that notification, or if the notice specifies a later date, from that date.

Record keeping by donor intermediaries

7.—(1) For each authorisation given by a donor under regulation 6(2)(a), a donor intermediary must maintain a record of—

(a) the name and address of the donor, and

(b) the date on which the authorisation was received,

in a form, and to a standard, which can be inspected and audited by HMRC.

(2) The donor intermediary must preserve that record for six years from the end of the tax year, or where regulation 6(4) is relied upon from the end of the final tax year, to which the authorisation applies.

(3) For each gift aid declaration given on behalf of a donor under regulation 6, a donor intermediary must maintain a record of the date on which the explanation of the effect of section 424 of ITA 2007 was given to the donor in accordance with regulation 6(2)(b), in a form, and to a standard, which can be inspected and audited by HMRC.

(4) The donor intermediary must preserve that record for six years from the end of the tax year in which the gift aid declaration is given.

(5) For each notice of cancellation of authorisation received from a donor under regulation 6(5), a donor intermediary must maintain a record of—

(a) the name and home address of the donor, and

(b) the date on which notice of cancellation was received,

in a form, and to a standard, which can be inspected and audited by HMRC.

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