Gift aid is an easy way to help your church maximise the value of donations from UK taxpayers.
If you are a charity Yyu can claim back basic rate tax from HMRC on Gift Aid donations. You can also claim back tax deducted from other income such as bank or building society interest or tax deducted from income arising on gifts left to your charity in a will.
This means that for every £1 donated, you can claim an extra 20 pence.
You don't have to register to claim gift aid but a charity must be recognised by HMRC as a charity for tax purposes before they will accept a gift aid claim. Recognition by HMRC as a charity is a separate process from registering with the Charity Commission as a charity.
HMRC: Gift Aid: the basics