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Payroll giving

What is payroll giving?

If you are a UK taxpayer, payroll giving is the easiest way to make a regular tax-free donation to whatever cause you’d like to support. Donations are taken each month from your salary before tax, which means more money goes to the causes you feel passionate about.

Payroll giving is a valuable, long-term source of income for EIA. Regular donations help us budget and plan ahead with confidence!

The best option for higher rate taxpayers

The higher the rate of tax you pay, the less donations made through payroll giving will cost you. This is because a larger part of your donation is made up by money that would usually go to HMRC.

For example, if you’re a 40% taxpayer, a payroll donation of £20 per month will only cost you £12, as the other £8 is taken directly from taxable funds.

What’s more, you won’t need to complete the donations section of your Self-Assessment form to claim tax back, as payroll giving means you no longer pay the difference between the higher and basic rate of tax on your donation.

You donate £5 £10 £20
Cost to you as a 20% tax payer £4 £8 £16
Cost to you as a 40% tax payer £3 £6 £12

Some employers will even match your payroll giving donations!

Some employers who offer payroll giving also offer to match your donation each month. This is an amazing way of doubling what you’re giving to your chosen charity.

How do I get started?

First you need to get in touch with your employer and check that there is a payroll giving scheme already in place at your workplace.

If not, you could share with your employer this information from the HMRC on what to do next.

Either way, we are grateful for your support in this way, so please do get in touch to let us know that you have just started supporting us through your payroll so we can send you a welcome pack.

Thank you!