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As part of our recent look at some of the complexities around Gift Aid, we know that volunteer expenses can cause confusion. Volunteers sometimes incur expenses when helping a charity, such as travel costs, and these may be reimbursed by the charity.
Unfortunately, if a volunteer simply forgoes the expenses to which they are entitled, the charity cannot claim Gift Aid on these expenses. Gift Aid cannot be claimed on book entries following a waiver of expenses.
However, if a charity physically pays the expenses to the volunteer they can then choose to pay part or all of it back as a Gift Aid payment. When the volunteer pays back part or all of the expenses, they are treated as having made a donation on which Gift Aid can be claimed, rather than just returning the expenses. The charity will need a Gift Aid declaration from the volunteer to make the claim.
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