Claiming Gift Aid on volunteer expenses - PKF Francis Clark
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Claiming Gift Aid on volunteer expenses

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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FEATURING: Louise Bridgett
Louise is a director working in our Plymouth office not-for-profit team. She qualified with PKF Francis Clark in 2000 and re-joined us in 2012, after five… read more
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