The Government of Jersey and the Association of Jersey Charities are reminding charities that they can claim the 25% tax on charitable donations through the Lump Sum Donation Scheme.
The Lump Sum Donation Scheme allows charities to claim an additional 25p on every £1, if they receive a donation worth £50 or more from a donor who lives in Jersey and pays income tax.
Previously, donors had to complete a paper form and return it to the charity. The charity then returned the form to Revenue Jersey to claim the tax.
Online giving allows charities to benefit without filling out forms. Anyone making a donation just needs to provide their tax identification number, and certify that their payment is eligible for the scheme. The charity can submit their claims on a quarterly basis and receive the tax they are due.
Any charity wishing to benefit will need to have an online donation webpage enabled. They can register for the scheme by emailing Revenue Jersey (firstname.lastname@example.org) confirming their charity tax identification number, and their Jersey Registered Charity Number. Minister for Treasury and Resources, Deputy Susie Pinel, said: “The Lump Sum Donation Scheme was introduced to enable charities to maximise their donations to claim an additional 25% in income. This more flexible system will – I hope – benefit charities, and support them to continue doing their vital work.”
Kevin Keen, Chairman of the Association of Jersey Charities, said: “This is a fantastic system, which can help charities raise much needed funds, especially at a time when other sources of fundraising are unavailable.
“At the same time, it allows donors to make sure that their support will go as far as possible, and enable Jersey’s vast and varied charity network to continuing doing good both on-Island and off-Island.”
More information on the scheme is available on the Government of Jersey website.